A team of railway workers based at the Ramsgate depot are set to set off on a four-day 100-mile walk to raise money and awareness for mental health charity Mind UK.
The Getting Back On Track team is made up of Ramsgate conductor Tom Morgan and fellow drivers and conductors Greg Hewitt, Brad Wall, Jez Del Signore and Louis Sarraf.
Tom, from Broadstairs, said: ‘We raise awareness of mental health issues and the positive impact walking and talking can have on this.
“We will walk from Ramsgate to London Victoria for Mind UK, via all major stations, over 100 miles in 4 days. We want to help people walk and talk.
“Last year there were more than 275 suicides on the railways and we want to significantly reduce the number.”
The trek will mean the team run a marathon each day with the scheduled arrival at London Victoria Station at 5pm on Wednesday.
Tom, who told Thanet Academy FM this morning that he talked two people out of a potential suicide on the railway, said he came up with the idea at a family barbecue and his four friends of work had said that they would join him.
He said: Mind UK fits perfectly with what we are trying to do. We want to get people to walk and talk because too often we don’t talk about how we feel mentally.
The team will leave Ramsgate station tomorrow at 7am and travel overnight to Whitstable before continuing their journey to the capital.
They have a justgiving page and have already raised £2,370 for Mind UK.