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Bucks man takes on frozen challenge for mental health charities

James Redden is no stranger to extreme conditions.

Published by Dan Gooding at 8:00am 15th February 2020. 3-minute read.

Bucks man takes on frozen challenge for mental health charities

After tackling the North Pole, a man from Buckinghamshire is setting off on another huge challenge for charity today.

James Redden is skiing across Lake Baikal - a frozen lake in Russia - in a solo expedition.

He said:

"It's like any challenge, I suppose - It's there!

"It calls out to you and just says 'come try it'.

"It is the extremes, as well, to be able to go and immerse yourself and let the rest of life slip away for a time."

It's all for good causes, including Lindengate Mental Health Charity in Wendover - James told us why he chose them:

"It's one of those places that you have to go and see.

"Over the years, I've been struck by the work that so many charities do and Lindengate is one of those examples."

The charity uses gardening as a form of therapy and we have been working with them as part of our Mental Health Awareness month.

Lindengate Stumpery
Lindengate are based in Wendover

The other organisations benefiting are:

  • The Hoplite Fund - This charity was formed with the intention of providing support to a very specific group of soldiers, and their families. Every year the Hoplite disperses donations to help
  • Red Balloon - Working only with children who self-exclude, Red Balloon aims to support young people who have suffered through bullying, trauma.

You can donate to any of these via James' website.

James told us that there's a reason for the theme surrounding these charities:

"I really wanted to show people what it's like to be totally alone, which I will hopefully be able to do on the Lake.

"One of the areas I do want to focus on is the support provided to people with mental health, including the carers because they themselves are essentially locked into a world for a period of time while they are in a caring role."

The plan is to cross the 640 kilometres in less than 14 days.

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