The goings on in and around Bridgend

NEW Coastal Charity Walk announced!

Porthcawl's Elvis Festival, the largest of its kind in the world, is staging a series of walks in September to raise awareness of mental health problems.

Organisers of the festival, which has been running for 14 years and attracts more than 30,000 people to Porthcawl every year, want to get the nation talking about mental health and how it affects families.

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Peter Phillips said: "We are really excited to be working with Mind Cymru to raise awareness of the issues families face when a member suffers from mental health problems. Having a supportive employer is particularly important, and I'm glad to say that some of the most supportive companies in Wales will be taking part in the walk.

"My daughter suffers from Schizoaffective Disorder. Her Community Mental Health team are amazing but occasionally I'll get a phone call and have to drop everything to help out. I'm lucky because I'm my own boss but it's made me realise how important it must be for people like me to have a supportive employer."

The walks will take place from Tuesday 19 September and will cover 90 miles in six days, starting in Chepstow and finishing at the Festival in Porthcawl. Along the way there'll be stops in Newport, Cardiff Bay, Rhoose, and Porthcawl. Walkers can join in any part of the walk for as long as they like - from one mile to all 90.

Sara Moseley, Director of Mind Cymru, said: "I'm really pleased that the Elvis Festival is raising awareness of such an important issue. We know that friends and family can find it really difficult and often don't know how best to support their loved ones.

"Our website is full of helpful, practical information for friends and family of people with a mental health problem. And our Infoline is open from 9am to 6pm, five days a week, for anyone who needs its support."

Peter added: "We are looking for companies and organisations who want to put a team into one of the legs; Individuals who want to take part, either for a whole day, half a day or just to 'Walk a Mile in Their Shoes'; or Elvis fans just to turn up at the Pop‐Ups or End of Walk gigs to support everyone taking part."

"We will be staging Pop‐Up Elvis Gigs along the route and finishing each leg with a big old Elvis party. It's going to be a fantastic week of fun and we can't wait to get started!"

For more information please email walk@elvies.co.uk or visit http://www.elvies.co.uk/walkamile.php?Action=Walkamile


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