Chris Jones is a Freemason from Lincolnshire who has started an epic journey – a 7,500 mile walk around the British coastline to raise an incredible £100,000 for the MCF. The walk will take up to 18 months, but what is even more inspiring is Chris’ reason for taking on this challenge.
For many years, Chris struggled with his mental wellbeing. However, after seeking our assistance to access mental health support in 2020, he wants to spread the word and inspire other people facing poor mental health to reach out for help.
We asked Chris to tell us a bit more about his routine while on this challenge and how it’s going so far.
My alarm goes off at…
One of the advantages of this loosely planned adventure is that I haven’t set my alarm once and I can’t imagine a scenario where I will have to set it for the next few months! If I’m waking up in my tent then the first thing I hear is the sound of the sea or the birds; if I’ve been in a B&B for the night then I am generally not in a rush to wake up and check out. Waking up naturally has been the norm!
I start my day by…
When it’s cold, the biggest challenge is to get out of my cosy warm sleeping bag! The first task is to drag my clothes into my sleeping bag to warm them up, before I quickly get dressed. Then I pack up as quickly as possible to get moving and warm my body up. I am mostly wild camping, so I try to be up and away at first light, leaving no trace of my being there.
When I wake up in a B&B or hotel, I usually skip breakfast because I tend to have a large meal the night before. Instead I quickly pack up my belongings, take a shower to freshen up, and refill my water bottle before heading out to start my day.
How do I spend my days…
I get ready and start walking with no particular destination in mind, I tend to walk between eight and 16 miles each day but this will start to change as my physical fitness improves and the days become longer. I meet the most interesting and generous people and I am constantly being asked what I am doing and why, which gives me the opportunity to explain about the MCF, about Freemasonry, and about mental health. Most people haven’t heard about the MCF and what it does, and they often have misconceived ideas about Freemasonry, but they are always willing to learn more about both.