28 November 2018
Mental Health Nurse takes on Arctic challenge
A mental health nurse from Avon
and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust is
currently in training for an Artic challenge.
Kevin Stott, who is part of the
Safeguarding Team at Fromeside, Blackberry Hill, Bristol, will be
braving temperatures as low as minus 35 Celsius when he takes part
in the Headlight Arctic Challenge Finland Trek.
The challenge will test both
physical and mental strength with participants cross-country
skiing, snow-shoeing and husky-sledding across a harsh but
beautiful Scandinavian wilderness, taking in frozen lakes and
snow-covered pine forest.
Kevin, who lives in Bristol,
will be raising money for AWP's official charity Headlight. The
charity works to provide projects which wouldn't be possible from
NHS funding including enhancing care environments and providing
additional recreational and therapeutic activities to improve the
experiences and recovery of service users.
Speaking about the challenge
ahead, Kevin said: "In 2017 I challenged myself to improve my
physical fitness and embarked on an exercise and diet programme
which has been massively successful and resulted in losing two
"I have always wanted to travel
to this part of the world and love snowy winter landscapes. I also
want to be able to do something through my non-professional
activities that can benefit others.
"There are so many aspects of
the challenge I'm looking forward to but if I had to choose some it
would be meeting others from all over the UK who have signed up to
take part in the challenge and hear their stories, meeting our
husky dog team and seeing the Northern Lights (hopefully!). I think
some of the biggest challenges will be facing up to the cold as it
can get down to minus 35 Celsius in January in Finland, keeping my
balance on skis and braving the sauna where in Finland it's
traditional to not wear clothes."
Kevin's challenge will take
place between Saturday 12 and Wednesday 16 January 2019. To sponsor
him please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kevin-stott1
A short film with Kevin talking
about his forthcoming trek is available here https://youtu.be/xxHiWDE4o9Y