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Brighton Schoolboy’s epic plan raised CALM funds

The mythic hero Odysseus battled beasts to get back to his home and wife Penelope, and student Wilkie Dickinson-Sparkes had  his own challenges as he fought to tell the Greek king’s story.

It took the 16-year-old performed five hours and ten minutes to read the seven sections of the epic ancient poem the Odyssey, without stopping, to raise money for men’s mental health charity Calm, the Campaign Against Living Miserably.

The Brighton College A-Level student has so far raised a total of £710, which included £330 collected during his reading.

He said he was inspired to raise money for the charity after seeing a friend struggling with mental health problems, adding: “I think men’s mental health is often over-looked because men don’t often feel like they can talk about their feelings.”

Wilkie completed the feat on January 30 at his school, in Eastern Road, Brighton, to coincide with an open morning.

Studying for his A-Levels in Latin, philosophy, English and drama, Wilkie added: “My friends, particularly in my Latin class, have been really encouraging and supportive.”

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