Wrexham AFC are pleased to be welcoming ultra-athlete, campaigner and TV personality Josh Patterson to the Racecourse Ground on Saturday during our match against Oldham Athletic.
Josh is currently embarking on his Run 4 1 Million – aiming to raise £1 million for suicide prevention charity, Samaritans, by running 76 marathons in 76 UK cities in 76 days.
Covering all cities in Wales, England, Northern Ireland and Scotland, Josh’s Wrexham run will start and end from the Racecourse Ground on Saturday April 1.
Following the run, we will then welcome him as a guest to the match – where he will be invited to visit the Board Room and watch from the Director’s Box.
On the challenge, Josh explained: “Having struggled with mental health myself to the point I thought about ending my life, I was fortunate enough to get support from several incredible professionals, my family, and friends.
“I’m very aware though, not everyone is as lucky. My life has changed immeasurably since that moment and I’m now in a place where I want to show others they are not alone, and things can and will get better.
“Through testing my own limits with endurance sport, I have built strength, resilience, and best of all, a community I love. Setting myself near impossible challenges has been a vital tool to attract attention and to shine a light on mental health.
“Whether you are personally struggling or have been impacted by mental health through a loved one, I hope that this mammoth challenge will inspire people to reach out, speak out, and know they are not alone.
“So come and join me in one of the cities for a run or to say hey and if I don’t see you in person, all I ask is for you to spread the word about the challenge. Together let’s make a World Record and get more people exercising while talking about how they are genuinely feeling.”
Wrexham AFC CEO Fleur Robinson said: “Mental health awareness is something we are very keen to promote at the Football Club, and we are proud to run initiatives such as Dragon Chat – our weekly men’s mental health peer support group call.
“Josh’s determination and the scale of his challenge is incredible, and all for a very worthy cause, and we are delighted to be able to welcome him to the Racecourse Ground during the Wrexham leg.
“I’m sure you will join me in wishing him ‘pob lwc’, and affording him a very warm welcome during Saturday’s match.”