There are some things you just stumble upon and they have an instant impact on you. Sometimes that impact is shock, admiration, sadness or respect. When I saw Follow Films’ piece about Finn Burnham’s challenge I felt all those things.
When you hear about people undertaking huge expeditions, they are usually driven by a personal pursuit to achieve something against the odds. In Finn’s case, this could not be further from the truth. He is about to circumnavigate his way around Wales by kayak; a total of over 400 nautical miles in memory of his friend Callum Wylie.
Callum, an 18 year old with Aspergers sadly took his own life and his family have set up a ‘Foundation/Trust in Callum’s name to raise awareness. The Foundation will give support, in times of crisis, to adolescents with Aspergers and high functioning autism, also importantly it will assist their families.’
As a father, teacher and someone who has seen the devastating impact of suicide, Finn’s film really struck a chord with me. I admire his and Callum’s family for their strength in wanting to help others during a time of unimaginable sadness and I wish them all the best in their quest to save other families from such loss.
You can donate to The Callum Wylie Foundation here
Follow Finn’s journey here