Former soldier with PTSD ran 375 miles on a treadmill to raise funds for mental health charity

Former soldier with PTSD ran 375 miles on a treadmill to raise funds for mental health charity

by Henry James (October 2020)

A FORMER soldier from Skelmersdale who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has raised just under £6,000 for a mental health charity after running 375 miles on a treadmill.

Graham McKenna, 41,  was hoping to complete  886 kilometres, which is the equivalent to 21 marathons, to smash  a world record for running on a treadmill across seven days, but sadly due to an injury and a technical problem with the treadmill he fell short of this target. 

However, he has still raised a lot of money which will be donated to mental health charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably).

Graham served with the army in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of the communication division and has since had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Graham, who now lives in Taunton but has family still living in Skelmersdale,  says running helps him alleviate stress.

On his JustGiving fundraising website page, Graham wrote: “After seeking help when I was too stubborn to see it was needed (I'm a grown man right?), I've made it my mission to raise awareness of the charities that are there to help

“It doesn't matter how tough you are, how strong you are or how macho you are, sometimes we all need a little space, a point in the right direction or just a place to unload.

“The statistics on suicide are truly shocking and male suicide even more so. It's the number one killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK.

“If, through supporting CALM, I can help even one person to pause and seek help then all the training, effort and pain will have been worth it.”

For more information and to donate, visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/GrahamMckenna

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