Paisley Buddie Craig Ferguson sets off on epic Euro trip for men's mental health charity

Craig Ferguson, 20, begins his 1,000 mile walk from Scotland's national football stadium Hampden Park, in Glasgow, to Munich
Craig Ferguson, 20, begins his 1,000 mile walk from Scotland's national football stadium Hampden Park, in Glasgow, to Munich -Credit:Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Big-hearted Paisley Buddie Craig Ferguson has officially set off on his trek of a lifetime as he seeks to raise funds for a men’s mental health charity.

The young Scot has embarked on a thousand-mile walk to Germany ahead of Scotland’s match against the hosts of Euro 2024.

Setting off from Hampden Park on Saturday, Craig, 20, will aim to arrive in Munich in time for the tournament’s opening match, all the while raising much-needed cash for the charity Brothers In Arms – which aims to prevent suicide.

Craig, who prior to his trip worked in Roasters on High Street, Paisley, decided to do the challenge after joking with his best pal that he could see Steve Clarke’s talented team battling it out against their European counterparts by getting there on foot.

The first leg of his challenge will see him walk from Glasgow to Hull, East Yorkshire, which he hopes to complete in 12 days. He will then take the ferry to Rotterdam in Holland, and cross six countries before reaching Germany.

On Saturday as he left Glasgow – where family and friends gathered to wave him off, Craig said: “The road to Munich seems a long one now but oh my God am I ready. That [send off] that was a special, special moment that I will live with for the rest of my life. Being sent off by my friends and family, thank you so much everyone.

“Here we go, Munich, I’ll see you in about a month.”

At the end of day one, Craig arrived in Carluke where he stayed the night. On Sunday, he set off for Peebles, around 30 miles from Carluke.

Craig has raised an incredible £15,926 for Brothers in Arms so far, smashing his initial goal of £10,000 and so has set himself a new target of £50,000.

Dan Proverbs, founder of Brothers in Arms, said: “We are over the moon that Craig has chosen to raise funds for Brothers in Arms through his incredible mission. He is quite literally walking the talk, and in doing so will help break the silence around male mental health and the urgent need to tackle rising suicide rates. We will be supporting Craig all the way and urge everyone to do the same.”

Scotland face Germany in the opening match of Euro 2024 on Friday, June 14 before tackling Switzerland on Wednesday, June 19 then Hungary on Sunday, June 23.

To donate, visit iwouldwalk1000milesfor mensmentalhealth

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