Wolverhampton pair's mountain trek for mental health charity

By Harriet Evans | Wolverhampton | Health | Published:

Two colleagues are leaving Wolverhampton, trekking the highest mountain in North Africa to raise vital funds for Mental Health UK.

Liz Edwards and John Samuel Perry are taking part in the Defy The Odds challenge for Mental Health UK

Liz Edwards and John Samuel Perry, both team managers at Lloyds Banking Group in the city, will take on the ‘Defy the Odds’ challenge, climbing Mount Toubkal to raise funds for the company’s charity partner.

Lloyds Banking Group has pledged to raise more than £2 million throughout 2020 through colleague and customer fundraising. Funds will go towards implementing Mental Health UK’s new programme for young people aged 14-to-18 years old.

Mr Perry, age 38, said: “I decided to take part in this challenge for Mental Health UK because there are still so many stigmas attached to mental health illnesses and it’s vital that we continue to raise awareness so that we can make it part of our everyday routine to check in on one another.”

The trek was originally scheduled for October this year but has been rescheduled for May 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ms Edwards, 29, added: “It’s delayed some of our fundraising plans but at the same time its forced us to think outside the box.

"We have used technology such as Microsoft Teams to create virtual fundraising events, such as pub quizzes.”

To donate to the fundraiser visit John or Liz's Just Giving websites.

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at

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