Ben Wilson
1  year  Mo Bro
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raised £2,020 since 2021
My motivation
Fundraising for cause areas including:
Men's health
Mental health and suicide prevention

Globally, the rate of suicide is alarmingly high, particularly in men. Too many men are ‘toughing it out’, keeping their feelings to themselves and struggling in silence. Movember is aiming to reduce the rate of male suicide by 25% by 2030, and I want to help them get there. Help me stop men dying too young.

On the fourth of August this year, I received the heart-wrenching news that the man I called my best friend for so many years, had lost the battle with his own mental health and took his life. We had fallen out of contact over the last few years, through no fault of our own, and I had assumed that he had continued living his life as the bubbly, kind, caring young man that he was. In our youth, I looked up to Richard Wragg as a friend, a brother and an inspiration. I always wished that I was a bit more like him. Never did I consider that anything was amiss, it was too easy to imagine him living his life to the full potential that I saw in him. The first news I heard of him in years was the news of his death, and it shook me to the core.

I owe my current profession to Richard. Climbing trees and building tree houses as teenagers was cathartic for the both of us, and was my inspiration for becoming a tree surgeon with Artemis Tree Services. The physically demanding nature of the job as well as the working with the natural environment has proved invaluable to my mental state, and I just wish he could have seen me now.

I also have struggled with my own mental health over the years, including years of depression and the drug and alcohol abuse which came hand in hand with it. Though I'm not recovered, I am able to take life a day at a time doing a new job that I love. Something that has really helped me along is being open and honest with the people closest to me, and though the weight of the dark feelings was no lighter, the relief came from the understanding and support I received. Previously I had underestimated the power of verbalising emotion, and really struggled to do so. I think back to Richard and, perhaps selfishly, wish that either of us had reached out to the other, to talk like old friends about how life had been treating us since we last met, how we had developed from teenagers into adulthood. We will never have that conversation, or any other, and I fear I will regret this as long as I do live.

Nobody should have to struggle in silence. Nobody should have to lose a son, a brother, a father, uncle or a friend to suicide. There are professionals to talk to, organisations who can help, ways to manage suicidal thoughts, and no man should be ashamed or fearful for reaching out for help, wherever that may come from. It can be the difference between life and death, and I urge everybody to choose life.

I miss you every day Richard. I hope you have found your peace.

How I'm
getting involved
0 of 24 miles
walking
I'll climb the three highest peaks in the UK (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Snowden) over a 3 day period by myself. I have done nothing like this before and it will absolutely be a challenge for me.
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Previous year's posts
29 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Lee Davies
£20

Well done Ben!

Previous year's donations
29 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Lee Davies
£20

Well done Ben!

30 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Tom Tonge
£5

Very well done young man

30 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Tom Tonge
£5

Very well done young man

30 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Biba Smith
£70

Proceeds from the painting sale with an extra £20 from my Mum :)

30 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Biba Smith
£70

Proceeds from the painting sale with an extra £20 from my Mum :)

30 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
an anonymous supporter
£10
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Donation from:
an anonymous supporter
£10
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Donation from:
Louie East
£10
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Donation from:
Louie East
£10
Previous year's posts
30 Week(s) Ago

This last weekend I completed my challenge to climb the 3 highest peaks in the UK in 3 days. This included a total of 24 miles of walking, up and down each mountain, and a 1257.3 mile drive round trip.

30 Week(s) Ago

This last weekend I completed my challenge to climb the 3 highest peaks in the UK in 3 days. This included a total of 24 miles of walking, up and down each mountain, and a 1257.3 mile drive round trip.

30 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Kelly Chen
£150

Good job Ben!

30 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Kelly Chen
£150

Good job Ben!

31 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Sally Byrne
£50

Go Ben!!! Thank you so much for taking on this challenge x

31 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Sally Byrne
£50

Go Ben!!! Thank you so much for taking on this challenge x

31 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Tom Tonge
£25

You can do it mate!

31 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Tom Tonge
£25

You can do it mate!

31 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Jack Robinson
£10
31 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Jack Robinson
£10
Previous year's activities
31 Week(s) Ago
I walked 25 m12:00:00

The total mileage and approximate time that it took me to walk up the three peaks last weekend

31 Week(s) Ago
Donation from:
Julian Wan
£50

fighting! all the best Ben. With love from Julian and Gina!

31 Week(s) Ago

Hey!

Thank you for the amazing amount you have raised so far – you’re a Mo Legend and you’ve made it into our exclusive Platinum Club!  
 
Look out for Platinum Club treats coming your way. And, in the meantime, why not check out some of the projects you have made possible with your fantastic support, all to help men live healthier, happier and longer lives – go to movember.com/impact  
 
Thanks again, I hope you’re having a great Movember.  
 
Stef, Mo HQ 

32 Week(s) Ago

https://richardwragg.muchloved.com/

33 Week(s) Ago

My good friend, and talented artist, Biba Smith has agreed to help this cause, donating between £5 and £50 per item of art sold this month. As a daughter, a wife, and mother to two boys, mens mental health is an issue close to her own heart.

She is incredibly talented, and is currently offering a MEGA SALE on all her work (from just £3!) in the build up to Christmas. She offers a custom art service painting a loved person or pet as well as a wide range of colourful pieces. I own a Biba original myself and am looking to add to my collection.

Its well worth checking out her work here;
Instagram-
@artbybiba83
Etsy-
ArtworkByBiba

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