Friends jump off waterfalls and eat mealworms in aid of mental health

Monmouth School Boys' Prep | 7 Jun 2019
Seb Bowen, 11, organised the trip to Bear Grylls Survival Academy which raised £3,000 for YoungMinds
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Seb Bowen

A group of intrepid friends jumped off waterfalls, built shelters in which to sleep, and ate mealworms to raise money for a mental health charity.

Seb Bowen organised the adrenaline-filled trip to the Bear Grylls Survival Academy which raised £3,000 for YoungMinds.

Eleven-year-old Seb is the Head Boy at Monmouth School Boys Prep and has led a superb campaign since September to increase the awareness among his peers of mental health.

He has raised more than £8,000 in total.

“Mental health is very important and YoungMinds is a charity that helps young people with mental health issues,” he said. “I want to raise awareness of all their excellent work.”

Seb was joined in the Brecon Beacons by friends Alfie Rayner, Ollie Smith, Sammy Rees, Osian and Griff Copley, Rudy Davies, Nick Hilu, Rupert Rowell and Freddie Melzer.

All the boys, supported by a relative, gave their all throughout the exciting weekend and tackled the White Water Survival Course with courage and enthusiasm.

A YoungMinds spokesman said: “We are so appreciative of all Seb’s support – the money he and his friends have raised will go a long way in helping us fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.”

Seb is now organising a six-a-side knockout cricket tournament, involving children and parents, to raise further funds.

Headteacher of Monmouth School Boys’ Prep, Mr Neil Shaw, said: “I have never come across such a focus on mental health awareness in a prep school before.

“Seb’s campaign has raised more than £8,000 and it has been supported wonderfully by the whole school.”

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