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Living Legacies – Colin Pritchard

Colin Pritchard, a 74-year-old from South Staffordshire, has faced lifelong challenges with his mental health, which impacted his education and career. Despite these struggles, Colin found resilience and purpose through walking after an unsuccessful attempt at getting his driving license, illustrating his determination to overcome obstacles.

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Colin Pritchard, aged 74, grew up in Wolverhampton and from a young age, began to struggle with his mental health.

This led to Colin underachieving in education and throughout his life, has found it difficult to adapt to the work environment.

Like most eighteen-year-olds, Colin was keen to get on the road and take his driving test. 

However, after failing his test, he discovered the power of walking and became determined to not let driving get in the way of his journey.



Colin said:

“Everyone who is capable, can go for a walk. Going for a simple walk is amazing for the mind and keeps you physically and mentally active.”

“Failing my driving test drove me to walk, and I’ve never looked back.

“Over the years I’ve met some incredible people, made lifelong friends and explored some fantastic places.

“If I had to do it all again, I wouldn’t change a thing because it’s led me to where I am today.”


Nowadays, with nine grandchildren keeping him busy, Colin’s main motivation is to keep himself fit and healthy for his family as well as taking the lead to inspire others to follow in his footsteps.

Now, living in Cheslyn Hay, Colin volunteers at Support Staffordshire and leads group walks in Cannock Chase to boost the wellbeing of others and raise funds for charity.

Colin explains his mental health is better than ever, thanks to the enjoyment of reading, music and of course, walking.

Colin said: “Trying to explain how walking makes you feel is like trying to explain beauty, there’s nothing quite like it. I’ve been leading these walks for eighteen months now and I can honestly say, I’m enjoying every moment.”


To find out more about Support Staffordshire visit: Home – Support Staffordshire

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