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As Tim Owen readies himself for his next fundraising trek with 3 Dads Walking in the Autumn, last week he visited a wellbeing room at Athena Sixth Form College.

Mr Owen's daughter Emily attended the school and the wellbeing room has been named The Sanctuary.

It will enable students to take time out and have the opportunity to discuss areas of mental health that they may be dealing with.

Tim Owen from 3 Dads Walking has visited Athena Sixth Form College in Downham to see their new wellbeing room called The Sanctuary. (58170420)
Tim Owen from 3 Dads Walking has visited Athena Sixth Form College in Downham to see their new wellbeing room called The Sanctuary. (58170420)

Mr Owen had visited the school and appeared on BBC Breakast radio last week.

Director of the the sixth form college, George Pettitt said: Athena was joined on Friday, July 15 by Tim Owen, one of the 3 Dads Walking, and a film crew from the BBC. "Tim was visiting to see the new Sanctuary facility, a wellbeing space that students are free to use to relax and reflect in.

(L-R) Tim Owen, Michael Palmer and Andrew Airey. (52362790)
(L-R) Tim Owen, Michael Palmer and Andrew Airey. (52362790)

"Tim visited the Sanctuary and spoke to students about their views on suicide prevention and mental health awareness.

"Tim and the other two dads will be embarking on their second fund raising walk in September to raise funds and awareness for the charity Papyrus.

"Students from Athena will be walking part of the route with the three dads in October and Tim said he was looking forward to seeing the students on the walk.

"Reporter Alison Freeman and Tim spoke to me about the role of schools in helping to educate young people about how to speak about suicide prevention and mental health."



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