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Kenny Johnston At The Richmond Expo 2014

CLASP Call to Richmond Businesses for Support

The mental health charity Counselling, Life Advice and Suicide Prevention (CLASP) has called for businesses in the Richmond area to help support the UK’s first ‘Walking out of Darkness’ event on Saturday 19 July 2014.

The charity is already working with the Richmond council, but the charity’s Founder and CEO Kenny Johnston is looking for local businesses to get involved with the project.

Speaking at the recent 2014 Richmond Expo, he said, “We are delighted that Richmond Council has been so supportive of ‘Walking out of Darkness’ and what we are trying to achieve.

“We now need local businesses to show their support in any way they can, in order to make the event a complete success.”

Walking out of Darkness is a 25-mile overnight walk into Central London, starting and finishing at Old Deer Park. For those who would prefer a shorter walk, there are stopping points at both the five and ten-mile markers.

The event costs just £35 to sign up for, with a £10 discount by quoting the code ‘night10’ at the registration stage.

Businesses that are interested in aiding the CLASP cause can do so in a number of ways, from fundraising to advertising, and even just by putting up posters.

Thousands of people are expected to participate in the event, with over 2,000 registrations confirmed to date.

A portion of the funds raised from the walk will go towards the formation of a new CLASP helpline, live from September 2014, which will provide advice and support to those suffering from mental health issues and their friends and family.

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