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Award-winning Liverpool author embarks on 48-hour pedalo challenge for national Mental Health Awareness Week

by Culture Liverpool

One of the most exciting children’s authors in the UK today and child mental health campaigner, Natalie Reeves Billing, is preparing to spend 48 hours on a floating pedalo to raise funds and awareness to support child mental health.

The author will step aboard “Peggie the Pedalo” on May 9 – the official start of Mental Health Awareness Week – where she will stay and sleep for at least 48-hours on a lake near to Manor House Farm on the Wirral, CH63 4JD.

Starting at 9.30am, supporters are invited to join Natalie, make a donation via the Welba App, and then log their own steps to help the author reach her 3,000 mile target, which she must hit before she can get off the pedalo. The app will track walking, running or exercise, so as well as just making a financial donation, supporters can also donate their miles to Natalie’s campaign.

All proceeds from the challenge will go to the national Boat of Hope campaign, which will see Liverpool charity guru and adventurer, Bernie Hollywood OBE embark on a 90-day solo sail from the Canaries to Antigua in 2022 to raise £1m for various causes.

At a time when many families are affected by the cost of living crisis, and when countless children and young people are struggling to access mental health support, Natalie is keenly aware that fundraising can play a vital role in helping to fill the gaps to support those in need.

Natalie Reeves Billing, said:

“So many individuals have volunteered their own time to make this happen, and I’m so grateful to people and organisations like Liverpool John Moores’ Screen School and students, Wirral Shotokan Karate Club, Liverpool Heartbeat charity, The Pod Cafe and Gateacre High School, who are all contributing in such meaningful ways to make this happen, as well as countless volunteers who support the campaign. 

“I’m hoping people will donate their miles sooner rather than later… it wouldn’t be possible without them.”

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