A MAN walking around the UK to raise awareness of mental health issues has passed through the region.
Chris McCullough Young has been travelling around the country for the last two years and relies on the goodwill of strangers to provide food, water and shelter.
Mr McCullough Young was grateful for the warm welcome he received at the Oakenholt Farm Country Guest House just outside Flint.
He said: “They were fabulously accommodating. I said ‘I have got money, I have got donations’ but she would not have it.
“She put me up for the night and fed me.
"It has been amazing. People have been fantastic right from the off.”
Mr McCullough Young then spent yesterday walking along the A548 towards Prestatyn.
Since beginning his trip in 2011, Mr McCullough Young, of Corby, Northamptonshire, has raised more than £1,500 for mental health charities MIND and Penumbra.
Despite the money raised, the former social worker says its more about increasing awareness: “It’s about the people I visit on my way, their beauty and kindness and the beauty of this lovely island that we share.
“I want to hear and share the stories of anyone who feels they have felt the squeeze of prejudice or where they felt their words were unheard.”
Mr McCullough Young, who has borderline personality disorder, started his quest in Edinburgh on April 6, 2011, the 34th anniversary of his mother’s death.
He found it difficult to accept help from strangers at first.
He said: “At the beginning I was terribly British but now I will accept anything, 99.9 per cent of the time people are offering in good faith.
“You get to spend time with people and talk to them and share a story."
Jenny Hulme, who runs the guest house with her husband Les, hadn’t previously heard of Mr McCullough Young’s exploits but said she was happy to help.
She said: “He phoned me up and explained what he was doing.
“I had a look on his website. It’s not about money at the end of the day, it’s to do with people talking.
“My dad is 81 and has suffered from depression for nearly 20 years. So many people, especially old people, don’t talk and they just become reclusive.
“They become very lonely and it’s just very sad. I think people need to talk to each other.”
Mr McCullough Young hopes to finish his trek around the UK by the end of next year.
For more information, visit walkamileuk.org.