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BBC Radio presenter treks for mental health charity

Wayne Bavin and molly
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A BBC radio presenter has completed a 100 miles (161 km) trek to raise money for a local mental health charity.

Wayne Bavin presents the mid-morning slot on BBC Radio Suffolk, but on New Year’s Day he stepped away from the microphone and put on his walking shoes for a mile stroll on Felixstowe prom.

For companionship he took along his West Highland terrier Molly for a ‘walkies’ she won’t forget in a hurry in aid of the Suffolk Mind charity.

Earlier this week Bavin invited listeners to join him and their pets for his final stretch down Ipswich Waterfront.

"We all know how tough things have been," he told the BBC.

"I think we all bottle our emotions up and we don't like to tell people how we are feeling.

"So it's really important to get exercise and fresh air."

Balvin added: "This has been a fantastic experience - Molly and I have walked through all the elements, from Saharan sandstorms to spontaneous blizzards of snow. And we've absolutely loved it."

Suffolk Mind community fundraiser, Lizzy Tuthill, said: "More than half of us in Suffolk are not meeting our emotional needs, so I'd encourage everyone to get up, get moving and get enjoying our beautiful county.

"Anyone can start the challenge at any time and do a mile a day for 100 days, so starting at Easter will take you through to the middle of summer with long days and warm evenings to enjoy."

Wayne Bavin has been a BBC Radio Suffolk presenter since 9 April 2017.