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I have chosen a number of charities to support throughout this expedition however the prevention of male  suicide is a principal motivation. Following a charity event earlier this year I was staggered about just how little I knew about the subject and just how many people it affects. I was shocked to learn that men account for 77% of all suicides in the UK and it is the single biggest cause of death in men under 50. Having worked in the City for over 10 years I am no stranger to stress and have seen the devastating effects that it has on people and their relationships. And while this is not the only cause of suicide in men it highlights the cultural barrier preventing men from seeking help as they are expected to be in control at all times, and failure to be seen as such equates to weakness and a loss of masculinity. This expedition will act as a platform to raise awareness and money for charities that are trying to help those who suffer and educate everyone about the potential  consequences.

CALM, the campaign against living miserably, is an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide in the UK.

I will also be raising money for WaterAid and Macmillan.

WateraidWaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 26 countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities.
Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 19.2 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 15.1 million people with sanitation. For more information, visit http://www.wateraid.org/uk, follow @wateraidUK on Twitter or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid.
CALMTHE CAMPAIGN AGAINST LIVING MISERABLY, or CALM, is a registered charity (reg charity no 1110621 & SCO044347), which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK.   Male suicide accounts for 77% of all suicides in this country and is now the single biggest cause of death in men under 50. For more information, visit www.thecalmzone.net or follow @theCALMzone on Twitter
Macmillan

When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan they understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything. That’s why they’re there. They provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, they can’t reach everyone who needs them. They need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will. For more information, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or follow @macmillancancer on Twitter.

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