HEAD UP is a charity that provides mental health support for UK military personnel and veterans who are suffering from mental health conditions. My name is Paul Minter, and following 18 years of service in the British Army, I will be given my formal medical discharge on 27th November 2020. Upon returning to civilian life, my goal is to raise enough money to develop a retreat where military personnel and veterans from all three services – Army, RAF and Navy – can receive a more holistic and person-centered treatment for their mental health conditions.
To kickstart the armed forces charity’s funding, I will be personally running the entire circumference of the UK and Northern Ireland, a length of around 5,800 miles, relying on the support of the military community and general public along the way.
On 28th November 2020, the first day of my adult life as a civilian, I will take my first steps of a run that will circumnavigate the borders of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. I intend on running a minimum of 30 miles a day, which will be tracked.
My hope is to complete the run in less than 200 days.
I will be relying on the generosity of the military community and the general public to support me during the run my providing food and shelter. They are also encouraged to join me along legs of the run. This expedition is intended to drum up as much funding and awareness as possible for mental health support for UK military personnel and veterans.
Whether you are part of the military family or a large company, help me on my journey by becoming a sponsor on my Go Fund Me page. I am also encouraging people across the UK and Northern Ireland to set up their own fundraising events to raise money for HEAD UP.