A charity walk to raise money for a mental health charity is set to return to Llanfyllin later this year, organisers have announced.

The 'Big Inflatable Walk’ will be taking place in Llanfyllin on Saturday, November 13 to promote the work of The DPJ Foundation and raise awareness of mental health in agriculture.

Organisers say registrations will be open soon, and have called on the local business community to get behind the event in aid of a good cause.

"At The Big Inflatable Walk last year, all our participants wore huge inflatable costumes and walked four miles between The Stumble Inn in Bwlch-y-Cibau and Market Square in Llanfyllin," said a spokesperson for the event.

"We made quite the spectacle and the community came out in force to support us along the route.

"After last year's success to raise much need awareness of mental health, this year its going to be bigger and better and we've entered into the Guinness book of records too!

"We're calling on all local businesses to help with sponsorship. Registrations will begin soon, and everyone is welcome to join!"

The event follows on from last year's successful debut, which saw Llanfyllin young farmers and members of the local community walk more than three miles from Bwlch y Cibau to Llanfyllin in a variety of inflatable costumes from dinosaurs to unicorns.

Kate Miles, The DPJ Foundation Charity Manager said: "“The DPJ Foundation is a mental health charity that works with farmers and the agricultural community in Wales.

"We deliver mental health awareness training to farmers and people who work with farmers, we work to raise awareness of mental health in agriculture and to beat the stigma around talking about mental health and we operate a 24/7 confidential call and text line called Share the Load.

"Share the Load gives farmers and their families the opportunity to speak to someone non-judgmental and who will understand them. It is staffed by trained volunteers who either come from a farming background or have a good understanding of farming.

"We can also provide fast access to qualified counsellors for those who need it. Most of the funding for this service comes from donations and we are so grateful for the continued support that we have received from the farming community this year.

"Since the start of the Covid-19 crisis we have seen an increase in call numbers of a third. However, as we start to go into the winter, we expect this to increase further. This has been a challenging year for many, especially those in the agricultural community, with the extremes of weather, Covid-19 and uncertainty.

"It has been especially difficult with markets operating on a drop and go basis and the usual social interaction that we as farmers look forward to not being possible. This all can take a toll on mental wellbeing.