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A Grimsby postman who set out on a mission to run 500 miles in 100 days to raise awareness of mental health, received a hero's welcome as he finished his journey.
Running postie Roy Crampton has been battling depression for the past nine years, after developing the condition following his work as a union leader during the 2007 and 2009 postal strikes.
In an effort to combat his mental health problems and raise awareness about the issue, he set himself the task of running 500 miles in 100 days, while raising money for mental health charity Mind.
And the "inspirational" postman finished his journey at Oasis Academy Wintringham, where he received a hero's welcome from his friends, family and colleagues, who made a guard of honour for him as he made his last few steps.
He was joined by some of his Royal Mail colleagues for his final five miles.
An emotional Roy spoke to Grimsby Live after finishing his challenge, where he expressed his pride in having reached 500 miles and hoped that his journey had inspired others to speak out about their mental health issues.
He said: "I really can't believe that I have managed to reach 500 miles, it has been an incredible and very emotional journey.
"I set out to try and increase awareness about mental health issues and raise some money for charity, and I am very proud to say that I have hit my target of £1,000.
"I have also been very touched by a number of people who have got in contact with me, saying that reading about my story had inspired them to seek help for their mental health problems, which is just brilliant.
"It was quite funny, I had been running completely injury free, but then on the 96th day I injured my knee moving a cooker in my house. I wasn't even running. But thankfully it wasn't too bad and I managed to reach my goal.
"I would just like to express my thanks to everyone who has supported me over the past 100 days, from my friends and colleagues at the Royal Mail, the Biggest Loser group and my family, who have been my rock the entire time."
Roy's wife Laura was beaming with pride as her husband finished his journey, saying that he has inspired her to become counsellor so that she will be able to help others who are battling mental health issues.
She said: "I am just so proud of him, he truly is amazing. Roy has been battling depression for so long, and to get through it like this and want to keep fighting for others, shows you why I think the world of him.
"He has set out and done what he wanted to do and more importantly has got the message out there that it is ok to not be ok.
"There is a stigma that is often attached to mental health, but it doesn't have to be that way and speaking out about your problems is the only way that they are going to be resovled."
If you would like to donate to Roy's cause please follow this link . https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/roy-crampton1