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Real Life Story - The Unworry Walk

18th February 2020

For Usborne Organiser, Marie Wynn, a simple search for a flexible working opportunity led to her embarking on a career that enables her to raise awareness of a cause that's close to her heart. As Marie explains, her own childhood experiences inspired her to set out on an incredible mission to improve the mental health of primary school children in her local area:

"Hi, I'm Marie. I'm a 46-year-old mum of two gorgeous children and wife to Chris (my partner in crime!).

For the last 24 years I have worked in outdoor retail in many positions and in many lively locations. I love the outdoors - especially the Cumbrian Fells which I now call home!

Two years ago, I decided to join Usborne books and become an Organiser. Two big advantages to this are that my children get access to lots more books and I have a much more flexible working lifestyle.

I grew up in inner-city Bristol without much of an outdoor life, and my mother suffered from many mental health problems when I was growing up. No one explained to me what was wrong. No one talked about the doctors, or the ambulance that took her away when I was seven years old.

I walked the Cumbria Way in September 2019 to raise funds with the goal of putting The Unworry Book in every primary school in Cumbria. I hope this helps the next seven-year-old in a similar situation find some answers.

My route was as follows:

Day One: Ulverston to Coniston
Day Two: Coniston to Elterwater
Day Three: Elterwater to Keswick via Stake Pass and Langstrath
Day Four: Keswick to Caldwick via the back of Skiddaw and High Pike (coming up to Latrigg from Keswick we were met by my children and their classmates and teachers)
Day Five: A very early start from Caldbeck, and on to Carlisle via Dalston and St Michael's School, who were hosting a meet-up for us with seven local schools. We had a great time sharing our journey and our favourite exercises from The Unworry Book

Time was ticking and we had another five miles to walk into Carlisle along the River Caldew. We were joined by some of the children from one of the schools in Carlisle, and walked into Carlisle to finish The Unworry Walk.

It was a wonderful opportunity to help raise awareness of positive mental health in primary school children. I have already received some great feedback from teachers about The Unworry Book - it's a wonderful resource that every primary school should have!

I will be hand-delivering all 256 copies of The Unworry Books throughout the spring and am looking forward to hearing even more great feedback from the schools."

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful story with us, Marie. It's amazing to hear just how many children are benefitting from your efforts!