#MindfulMonday at Hylands Park: The Lowdown

So if you caught our posts last week, you’ll know that Walk & Talk 4 Men, the walking group we’re part of – or WAT4M as we call it for short round here – teamed up with Mind, the national mental health charity for a very special event yesterday afternoon.

We descended on the beautiful Hylands Park in Chelmsford – the location for two of our previous walks back in the summer – for an event called Mindful Monday, as part of the European Week of Sport.

It was a fantastic turn out as you can see, and we even had the support of some local businesses including the guys from the gym and training grounds VIP HQ up the road in Stapleford Abbots, pictured here with our group founder and the brains behind WAT4M, James Mace.

We also had the lovely guys from Starvin’ Marvin cafe in Chelmsford come along to supply us with refreshments afterwards (the rocky road traybake was AMAZING. S’all I’m saying) as well as many friends and family at the meet and greet afterwards.

We managed to walk just a little over 5k in the end around the beautiful grounds of Hylands, and only encountered a small amount of rain. And there was also a charity raffle to raise money for Mind – winners of which are being announced on Starvin’ Marvin’s Facebook page this coming Friday. You can still get a strip of tickets for £1 I believe if you can get to them before then – more info at their page. Lots of good prizes up for grabs including Amazon vouchers, grooming products and food and drink so make sure you take part!

Myself and several of the regular guys also had one to one chats with James yesterday for something new to do with WAT4M I can’t say anything about just yet, but rest assured it’s very exciting and you’ll all know in due course.

Many thanks again to everyone who attended or supported this event. Overall, it was a glorious autumnal Monday afternoon well spent for a worthwhile cause, and proves that what the group set out to do six months ago to change the conversation and support around men’s mental health is happening. Here’s to that continuing for a while yet!

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