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On the 7th of September Matthew Claremont-Davies, former Royal Marine, will be walking 80 miles across Devon to promote and raise vital funds for Royal Marines Mental Health (RMMH) a campign run by RMA - The Royal Marines Charity.
The cost to cost walk will commence in Woolacombe and end in Exmouth, he is aiming to complete the challenge in 24 hours.
Matthew described the long and arduous road that he will be facing as being akin to the mental health challenges that many people face every day.
.He wanted to complete a demanding challenge like this to embrace how far he has come with the help of the RMMH and support their work in the future.
Matthew said that although the being a Royal Marine was one of the most physically and psychologically demanding jobs on the planet, for him, the path after leaving proved even more challenging.
Years after his service, mental health issues surfaced. They impacted his relationships his friends and family.
Some days I couldn't even face leaving the house or take care of myself; I felt isolated and hopeless. At my very lowest, I reached out to the Charity and within days they responded with customised mental health counselling. I honestly don't know what I could have done without their fast and amazing support.
As demanding as this walk will be, it's nothing compared the battles some of us face in our mind's day-to-day. The journey from where I have been, to where I am now, has been long and challenging but I wouldn't change it for the world. It has become my fuel.
Please support his efforts in order to make sure the same resources are available to others.