Tony’s long walk for art resources

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WAR hero Ben Parkinson will join patients and staff taking part in a nationwide walk, which passes through Doncaster to highlight mental health.

Tony Russell’s ‘What’s it all about Walk’ takes in NHS mental health services from Kent to Newcastle.

In Doncaster, up to 40 supporters from from Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, including chief executive Christine Boswell and MP Rosie Winterton, will walk with Tony at 10.30am on Monday from St Catherine’s House, Tickhill Road and finish at psychological therapies drop-in facility the Talking Shop on Hall Gate.

Tony, aged 56, wants to raise money for art in mental health and to ensure continued growth of the Reflections magazine and website, dedicated to showcasing creative talents of people who experience mental health problems.

He also wants to raise funds for Combat Stress as a personal tribute to the bravery of the nation’s armed forces, many of whom now experience severe mental distress.

In recognition of this, the group will be joined in the town centre by Doncaster’s wounded war hero Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson, who is an RDaSH service user and opened the Talking Shop last October.

Two soldiers from the Scarbrough Barracks on Sandford Road will also be joining the walk.

Walkers will be sponsored and will also carry collection buckets so the public can make their own donations.