‘Len’s Light’ tractor sets off for farming mental health campaign

A tractor has set off on the first leg of a 2,000-mile journey from John O’ Groats to Land’s End as part of the “Len’s Light” campaign, launched to shed light on mental health struggles within rural communities. 

Established by Andy and Lynda Eadon after their 22-year-old son, Len, took his own life on New Year’s Day 2022, the campaign has so far raised over £100,000 for three charities: the Farming Community Network, Papyrus suicide prevention and the Farm Safety Foundation (Yellow Wellies).

Andy and Lynda Eadon

Andy and Lynda Eadon © The Eadons

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Andy and Lynda are determined to spread the message that nobody within the rural community should feel isolated or alone, and that the procession of tractors will represent family and friends coming together to share their support.

The tractor with a front-mounted beacon representing Len’s light is being driven by Andy, and will stop off at various agricultural markets along the way, as well as visiting the Royal Highland Show, Harper Adams University, and the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, before arriving in Land’s End on 20 July.

Len Eadon

Len Eadon © The Eadons

Along with the procession, Andy and Lynda have created wallet-sized cards that have been distributed within the farming community.

They contain the details of mental health helplines, plus guidance encouraging people to talk openly and reach out to friends and loved ones.

To follow his progress, or to make a donation, visit leneadon.muchloved.com.