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Kent woman to take on obstacle course to raise funds in honour of late husband

A supermarket assistant from Kent is set to take on a 10km obstacle course in Tunbridge Wells to raise funds for CALM, a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, after her husband took his own life last year after suffering from depression for 10 years.

Michelle Whittington, 29, who lives in Dartford, will take on The Royal British Legion Major Series, a 10km obstacle course, hosted by British Military Fitness, on Saturday 9th April at Eridge Park in Tunbridge Wells. She is participating in the event with her sister to raise funds for CALM, a charity that seeks to prevent male suicide, which is the biggest single killer of men aged 20 – 45 in the UK. Her partner of 11 years, Dean Whittington, who was a forklift driver, committed suicide in May 2015, aged 31, after suffering from depression for over a decade.

Michelle, who is currently studying for a counselling course and has a four-year-old son, Caleb, commented:

Dean had been suffering from depression for a long time and had been receiving counselling but had never stuck to his medication. There had been a few cries for help in the past but we were completely devastated by what happened. Mental illness, depression and anxiety can happen to anyone and has no doubt affected someone close to us all. The CALM charity does fantastic work to help to prevent male suicide and depression and I wanted to raise as much awareness and funds as possible to support them.

Therefore I decided to take on the Royal British Legion Major Series with my sister and her partner as I have never done an obstacle course before and I thought it sounded ideal as it will be challenging and a lot of fun too. Me and my sister have already raised £1,300 for the cause, which is amazing, and we hope to raise even more. I really want to thank everyone for their support so far.

The Royal British Legion Major Series event will see over 2,800 people race across Eridge Park over 5km or 10km distances. The hosts, British Military Fitness, have its fitness instructors, who are all former and serving members of the Armed Forces, stationed around the course to motivate and help and encourage the runners around the course, which features over 30 obstacles.

To donate to Michelle’s cause, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/Danielle-Breen/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Danielle-Breen&utm_campaign=pfp-share

To find out more about The Major Series in Kent – please visit: http://www.majorseries.com/events/south. For more information about CALM, please visit: www.thecalmzone.net

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