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Lost Hours Walk 2019: We walked against suicide

When it hurts we talk, when the clocks go back we walk. And that’s exactly what we did at the first ever Lost Hours Walk. 

As British Summertime slipped into Greenwich Mean Time on October 26/7th, 1000 CALM supporters, all with their own reasons for walking, took to the streets of London to unite against suicide.

Wearing Lost Hours Walk scarves to keep out the cold and armbands to light up the dark, we walked from Greenwich, past Big Ben, and back again, raising over £285,000 as well as vital awareness of our life-saving services. 

CALM CEO Simon Gunning was blown away by the response to CALM’s first owned event. He said: 

“The Lost Hours Walk was a truly momentous event for CALM. We were amazed by the community and solidarity of our supporters, who came together to join the movement against suicide with CALM. 

The walk has raised £285,000 and counting, which will allow us to continue supporting people through the life-saving free and anonymous CALM helpline and webchat. Alongside this, the positivity and joint resolve to prevent suicide that came out of the event will have reached and touched many. We can’t wait to do it all again next year.”

8 miles into the route, walkers were greeted by a vibrant, affirmative message –  Smash the silence. Release your pain. Feed your heart. The Lost Hours Walk mural offered much needed encouragement as temperatures dipped into single digits, and a chance to pause to celebrate the evening’s accomplishments. 

The mural was created in collaboration with renowned typographical artist @Fandangoekid to help break the stigma around grief and suicide. She said: “There’s so much value in opening this subject up. There are so many circumstances in which you can lose people, but all of us will experience death in some way in our lives and making that part of the daily narrative is really essential.” 

The Lost Hours Mural will be displayed on the South Bank of the Thames until Dec 2, just one part of the Lost Hours legacy. Londoners will also be reminded of the seminal event through the clean graffiti along the 20mile route. 

Among walkers were CALM ambassadors Shareefa J and Leon McKenzie, both determined to spark conversations around mental wellbeing. 

Model and Body Positivity Activist Shareefa shared the experience on her Instagram, documenting the realities of walking so far in the cold and dark.

Ex pro footballer and boxer Leon McKenzie also walked the route, meeting and chatting to walkers about their reasons for taking on the 10 and 20 mile challenges. 

 

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The Lost Hours Walk is our opportunity to deal with grief differently and defiantly, and remember our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, partners and friends. Pre register to take part in next year’s event here. 

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