Hastings man to do Bear Grylls challenge for charity

Andy O'Leary
Andy O'Leary

A Hastings man with mental health issues is pushing himself to the limit in an obstacle course designed by Bear Grylls for charity today (Saturday, October 3).

Andy O’Leary is raising money for the charity Ellenor and for a mental health support group in Hastings he is founding.

The 29-year-old is taking on the five kilometre Bear Grylls Survival race in London’s Trent Park and he said he cannot wait after months of training.

“I’ve training for what seems like forever,” he said.

“I’ve been training throughout the summer at the gym, making my own obstacles and running 10 miles just this week.”

Andy has been sectioned twice and now wants to set up a support group for people with mental health issues to give something back after the help he received.

“Seaview really helped me as they put me in supportive housing and gave me food and advice after being homeless,” he said.

“I want to put something back into the community and see if I can help people learn from the mistakes I’ve made.”

To donate to Ellenor visit: ellenor.org/donate.

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