Being on the fells helps me through good and bad times. A few years ago my wife died of cancer. Gradually over time, walking and running as well as time alone and with others has allowed me to accept what has happened, to work through my grief and to feel alive again.
Professionally I have worked in Outdoor Education for over 20 years, often but not exclusively with young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties in residential care. Through this I have become interested in Adventure Therapy and qualified as a counsellor. I am now an Associate Trainer with MIND.
Currently I am completing an MA in Outdoor and Experiential Learning with Cumbria University. My dissertation has focused on the therapeutic use of the outdoors. Other qualifications include: Diploma in Counselling, PGCE in Primary Education, Mountain Leadership (ML (Summer) , Canoeing (Level 2 Coach), Climbing (Single Pitch Supervisors Award) and 2 day First Aid for remote locations.