Michael Firmstone is looking for sponsorship as he takes part in a 2600 Mile Hike to raise money for mental health support services
My name is Michael Firmstone, and I have been battling complex mental health challenges since I was just 4 years old. After a lifetime of struggling with addiction and feeling unsupported by mental health services, I reached a breaking point last year when I attempted to take my own life. Thankfully, I survived, and this life-changing event made me realize the need for better mental health support.
I have since embarked on a transformative journey, turning my life around, and finding hope through adventure and education. I’ve completed numerous marathons and ultra-marathons, seeking solace on the trails. Now, I am on the verge of completing my MSc in Psychology, dedicating 6-8 hours per week as a qualified volunteer for SHOUT, supporting those in immediate crisis.
Looking ahead, I aim to walk the 2600-mile Pacific Coast Trail (PCT) across America, starting next May. This monumental journey will not only be a personal endeavor for healing my inner demons but also an opportunity to raise much-needed awareness and funds for mental health support services > https://www.gofundme.com/f/2600-mile-hike-of-the-pct-for-mental-health
I am seeking your generous support to help me accomplish this mission. The funds raised will cover essential expenses such as gear, food, travel, accommodation, and other necessities. By sponsoring this endeavor, you’ll have the opportunity to be a part of my journey and support mental health awareness.
In return for your sponsorship, I will provide regular updates through written and video blogs, possibly even hosting weekly Q&A sessions on Facebook live while I’m on the trail. Your logo will be featured on my training materials and during the hike, gaining visibility and supporting a cause close to our hearts.
Together, we can make a difference and bring hope to those struggling with mental health challenges. Your support will not only help me complete this remarkable journey but will also contribute to the mental health support services that are urgently needed.
Here is a montage of my previous adventures – https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMzZJwHuKm055Ws_YbxEfWTerbxqkMYcN7bBO2H2t-BVKLPaYpyMnL6ac0-2G0KOw?pli=1&key=RGZqckp3dnJqaUliUFpOaVpobklJa2ZnWXZoMWRB
Thank you for being a part of this life-changing mission and helping us create a world where mental health is a priority, and support is available for everyone in need.
With heartfelt gratitude,
Mental health, addiction, hope, success stories, fund raising
Key Dates and Timings
May 2024 - Sept 2024
Specific Opportunity Details
In return for any sponsors, I can share written and video blogs and maybe even weekly Q&A sessions on Facebook live whilst walking the path. Supporting much mental health needed funding. Daily blogs, logo advertisement through training and on the hike.
Here’s a breakdown of the investment needed for this endeavor: Gear: £3500 Food: £2900 Travel: £1800 Accommodation: £700 Mobile Phone Plan: £230 Miscellaneous: £90 Self-Care: £90 Campsites: £80 Laundry: £30 Mail Boxes: £150
Money raised will go towards SHOUT mental services https://giveusashout.org/