On the 29th April 2017, ‘Our Blue Light’ launched the Mental Health Relay to raise awareness about mental health issues amongst emergency service workers.

Running until September 22nd this year, the relay will see staff from emergency services across the UK, including fire and rescue, police, ambulance, prison services and the NHS, carry a torch across the North of England.

The relay will be stopping off at different locations throughout its journey and every weekend there will be an event, with the local emergency & essential services and community groups getting the torch and taking it to the next location, via any means, whether that be running, cycling or even kayaking!

Paramedic Dan Farnworth, who launched Our Blue Light alongside his colleague Rich Morton in a bid to challenge the stigma surrounding illnesses such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), said: “The message is that it’s okay to talk about your mental health – We want to hear other people’s stories and to get them talking about it when they hold the torch to reduce the stigma.”

The 31-year-old has had his own battles with PTSD, which he developed after being called to the murder of a young girl. He and Rich have already completed a series of feats to raise cash for charity and awareness, including a trek from Scarborough to Blackpool last year, and the London Marathon.

The specially-designed torch started it’s journey in Blackpool and will travel through Merseyside, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, parts of the North East and Cumbria and the finishing back in Blackpool.