Paul Coates, TV Writer of Love Lies Bleeding, Emmerdale, Holby, Casualty, Eastenders, Hollyoaks, Peak Practice & more, has set himself a challenge to complete a 210 mile coast to coast path walk, in just 7 days to raise funds for SANE, in memory of his brother Colin Coates who sadly took his own life a few years ago. Mr Coates will be completing the challenge with his brother-in-law Paul Johnson, who also found pleasure in walking, following the death of his father, Pete.
Paul explains: 'I try to find positives in life, and one of the few positives I can say that came from Colin's decision was that, in my grief, I discovered walking. I find such calm and personal reward in a long day's walk. Pushing myself to a place where I become a walking robot.
I am lucky enough to have a brother in law, Paul Johnson, who is the perfect walking partner. He too found the pleasure in walking from grief following the death of his father, Pete, of a heart attack, in 2008. Together, we walk, talk, view the amazing country we live in, and ignore blisters as we become walking robots.
To give ourselves a much needed push, and to do something in memory of Colin, we have chosen to walk for Sane - a wonderful charity that supports people with mental health issues. They support, among other things, a wonderful website www.blackdogtribe.com - a resource that I wish my brother had known about'.
The pair aim to raise £1000, and begin their challenge in St Bees, Cumbria on 10 June. You can find out more and support them here and via their blog, and also follow their progress on twitter @paulcoates_ where they will be giving updates on how they are getting along.
SANE would like to thank both Paul Coates and Paul Johnson for their support, and wish them the very best of luck for their challenge ahead.