Kirk is participating in the London Duathlon to raise vital funds for Back Onside this September.
Here’s his story:
In October 2022 I was at my lowest. I was struggling with my physical and mental health, had a terrible lifestyle, and hadn’t trained for years. I’m so lucky to have my amazing wife Deborah, who is always by my side to get me on the right track.
“When I was struggling, I didn’t ever speak about it. Now I know how important it is to talk to someone, and I want you to know that too. I appreciate how hard it is, but give it a go.”
Undertaking the London Duathlon, which involves of a 10k run, 44k cycle then another 5k run, will be a huge effort for me, but I am determined to raise as much money as I can for Back Onside, to help them continue saving lives and helping people every day.
I have always had links to Back Onside being an ex-footballer. I have seen first-hand the amazing work they do and know a lot of people who they have helped. I have battled with my own mental health on and off for years, and never really spoke of it, but now I understand how important it is to talk about whatever is getting you down. Back Onside are a fantastic charity, the work they are doing is helping save lives daily.
My advice to anyone struggling with their mental health would be, remember that there is always a way back. Own the situation you are in, talk about it, and then make a plan.
There is always a solution.
So, if you are reading this and can spare even £1, please donate to Back Onside today. Back Onside receive no government funding, and can only continue with support from people like you. You can donate by clicking here, or if like me, you would like to take on a fundraising challenge, you can email email@example.com for more information. Thank you.