Tim Pons Hi everyone,

Time flies when you don’t work for the birds – it’s now 2 years since I stopped working for the RSPB.

After almost 25 years I … retired early, needed a rest, had a burnout, had an anxiety and depression episode, had a mental breakdown … I’ve used all those phrases to describe what happened. The fact is, they are all true; it just depends on who I am talking to and how open I want to be.

The good news is that I haven’t been wasting my time during my recovery – I have two jobs and lots of hobbies. In one of those jobs I work as a volunteer for Green Light Trust – a brilliant local charity that is “Building Health, Hope & Happiness through the power of Nature”. You can check them out here https://www.greenlighttrust.org. I do about one week a month providing help with financial matters and supporting their Chief Executive, Tom, to develop their corporate strategy.

One of my hobbies is walking. I have been trying to do between 50 and 100 miles a month to build my fitness, engage my senses with nature and discourage my tendency to ruminate.

In June, I am combining both the job and the hobby. I am intending to walk the Llangollen Round – 33 miles of stunning Welsh mountains, valleys and beautiful scenery – to raise funds for Green Light Trust (GLT). There will be a group doing the walk including Mike Coker; if you know Mike, you will know that this will be a walk-in-the park for him.

By now you will have realised that I am writing to ask if you would consider sponsoring me for this 33-mile challenge. Many of you will know someone who has suffered from mental health issues (in addition to me!) and GLT are a truly inspiring organisation to support. Please help me to help them and donate directly through this fundraiser page.

Thank you for your help and for reading to the end. I hope you don’t mind me contacting you in this way. It would be lovely to hear how you are and what you are up to.

Best wishes,
Tim Tim Pons