It would be sufficed to say that the last fifteen months have proven to be a challenge on each and every person worldwide and will no doubt, have left its mark on us all in some way or another. A prime example, a person’s mentality being pushed to the ragged edge after months in lockdown and a severe lack of social interaction. With the ever-rising numbers of mental health related incidents, the urgency to raise awareness is imperative as is the ability to talk about it. 

Therefore, after successful endeavours from Tom Devereux earlier in the year in raising money for Mind, it took little over four weeks to complete the equivalent ninety miles of Hadrian’s Wall from coast to coast, and after much deliberation it was only a matter of time for the fundraising efforts to continue, this time to go further, harder and build on the foundations of previous efforts. 

Of the back of the solo effort in February/March, this next chapter will see Tom join forces with the fantastic people of Selby and surrounding areas, in particular Paul and Aimee Rathbone of Talk Tonight Selby CIC in walking the equivalent 874 Miles from the United Kingdom’s most southerly point at Land’s End to the most northerly point of John O’ Groats. 

In discussion, Tom Devereux shared his thoughts on the Talk Tonight and the challenge ahead;

“The work Paul and Aimee do within the community through Talk Tonight I feel is nothing short of heroic and the opportunity to be able to give back to those who have given so much to their community through Talk Tonight in raising awareness of Mental Health and assisting members within the community, is a rewarding prospect. 

Therefore, moving forward from my previous efforts earlier in the year in fundraising for MIND, this latest team effort will be something special in being able to raise much needed funds in helping Paul and Aimee, help others. 

Having been introduced to Paul and Aimee through joining FC Humber United as Media Executive, this latest fundraising challenge is an effort I very much look forward to with the past fifteen months being a challenge in itself, it will have had an effect on everyone in some form. To continue the partnership between the club and Talk Tonight in raising awareness of Mental Health and to continue people’s effort in talking about it is a worthy cause. Quoting Talk Tonight…It’s ok not to be ok.”

Continuing with the idea of raising awareness of mental health and the support network that comes with it, all monies raised from this 874-mile challenge will go to Talk Tonight Selby CIC and the amazing work Paul and Aimee do for the community. Our latest endeavour will offer the team a stern test as we face our mammoth task and look to conquer it. 

For those whom wish to familiarise themselves with Talk Tonight Selby CIC and the truly heroic work Aimee Rathbone and husband Paul provide the community, we extend an opportunity to all in viewing their official website:

Furthermore, Aimee and Paul shared their thoughts on fundraising challenge;

We were extremely touched to be approached by Tom to offer us the proceeds of his latest fundraising. After an initial chat with Tom, we managed to talk him into taking on a massive challenge, with the reassurance that Talk Tonight – Selby CIC would support him along the way! 

The start of this challenge coincides with the end of Mental Health Awareness week and with this years theme being ‘connecting with nature’ it seemed the perfect opportunity to encourage people to get out and about in the fresh air and clock up miles at the same time!

We are very excited to get going and smash this challenge head on and are extremely grateful to Tom and all the volunteers who will be working together to achieve the journey from Land’s End and John O’Groats.” 

In conclusion, we would like to take this opportunity to ask all whom read this, to donate what you can to help us achieve our goal and we will be very grateful to you all. To donate, please use the following link or donate via the many posts and updates that will be posted via social media.

Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United

May 15, 2021