Matthew Wright show backs homeless men marching for mental health

Matthew and Kev

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Matthew Wright Show is launching a 'Homeless Heroes' campaign, to support the journey of two homeless men, as they march more than 100 miles to raise awareness of mental health.

Tony Long and Patrick O'Brien both suffered with mental health issues, which led to them living on the streets outside of the talkRADIO studios.

Today, they set off on a walk from Brentford to Bristol in an effort to raise awareness of mental health of the homeless, and those on the brink of it.

The pair have collectively been homeless for almost seven years, and caught the attention of show host Matthew Wright after waving at him on his way into work.

"Tony and Pat have been living on the streets outside talkRADIO's offices for more than two years," Matthew explained.

"When they told me they wanted to walk to Bristol to raise awareness of mental health and raise awareness for the homeless, it seemed obvious for us at talkRADIO to get on board and help them."

He continued: "Since then, the plan has exploded and co-host Kevin O'Sullivan will spend a night with them. We'll be discussing homelessness in the Royal Borough of Windsor and throwing a huge reception for the two gents when arrive in Bristol in time for Easter."

talkRADIO will be getting regular updates from the pair throughout their walk, with Kev set to join them in Windsor to walk a leg of the journey and spend a night in a tent with them.

Kevin added: "I'm looking forward to spending a night with Tony and Pat. Tony is a former chef and is going to cook us a banquet.

"I once offered to buy them both takeaway but they turned me down."

When the pair reach Bristol on Easter Sunday, Matthew will whisk them off to a Hawkwind gig in Frome, where the band will greet them on stage.

talkRADIO is working with homelessness charity Emmaus UK to raise money for Tony and Pat's cause. Anyone that wishes to donate can click here.