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I would walk 600 miles!

Tuesday, 1 September, 2020

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Paul and daughter Ebony

This September, Paul Collier, Wakefield College’s EHCP & Funding Co-ordinator in the Inclusion Department and his daughter and former Wakefield College A Level Student Ebony, are challenging themselves to take on the 600 Mile September Challenge to raise awareness and money for York Mind.

Paul tried to convince son Jay, who is a current Wakefield College Apprentice to join their team, but Paul said, “He was having none of it!”

Father and daughter have a whole month along with the rest of their team to log their 600 miles whether it be walking, cycling or running. Ebony, now studying a Masters at York University in Research, already did a lot of walking and pre-lockdown Paul swam daily. Paul said “I have just purchased a bike through Wakefield College’s Cycle to Work scheme so I will be cycling to work going a longer route via a cycle path and we both will walk to help with those miles! There’s a team of 4 of us so we will motivate one another.  I’ve signed up for Wakefield Hospice’s 10k and it is my goal to run a marathon before the age of 50 and time is running out!”

Raising awareness of better mental health is a passion of both Ebony’s and Paul’s. In lockdown, Paul lost a friend to suicide, “Ebony does a lot of charity work and asked me as she knew my friend had recently taken his own life. I did not hesitate to get involved. I already have a suicide awareness tattoo and the serotonin chemical symbol on my arm. Life is priceless!”

If you would like to support Paul and Ebony in this challenge and help raise money and awareness for mental health and Mind Charity you can donate here:




CONTACT: For more information email, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 1 September, 2020

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