“We have always wanted to take part in a charity challenge to raise money for a local charity that means a lot to both of us. Both Mel and I have struggled with our mental health in the past as we have overcome challenges in our lives. Young Gloucestershire played a big part in helping us cope and find ways to feel positive.

“Lots and lots of teenagers and young people struggle with their mental health and can become stuck in negative coping mechanisms and sometimes don’t know how to get out of it. There are lots of ways people can improve their mental health and physical activity and the outdoors are an excellent way to bring calm to your life.  Being in the outdoors and exploring nature and new surroundings help us to restore our mental health. It gives us the opportunity to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature. Nature takes us away from all the distractions in life that can sometimes be hard to get away from.

“So here we are prepping for our 10 week challenge to live in the outdoors - starting on the 24th June! We have moved our possessions into storage and left our accommodation. We are taking on a big challenge and camping around the U.K. to raise awareness of nature and the positive effects it can have on mental health.

“We plan to visit Cornwall, Devon, Dorest, Scotland, Forest of Dean and Stroud, but will be seeing where the wind takes us. We have a tent, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, a camping stove and limited cooking utensils and a survival kit. We have very limited kit as neither of us drive. We will be relying on walking, cycling and sometimes using public transport to get from A to B. We are excited but also a little scared. We are essentially going to live in the outdoors for 10 weeks. This is a challenge for us but we are definitely ready!

“We will be sharing our story on our Facebook page and people can read more about why we have chosen to take on this particular challenge and hopefully make a donation on our Virgin Money Giving Page.”

You can also read more about Matt's work with YG here.