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By Louise Glen

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Luke Stoltman and Paul Thomson, Co-op area manager (right).
Luke Stoltman and Paul Thomson, Co-op area manager (right).

One of the world's strongest men spoke out about mental health and staying positive as he dropped into his local Co-op store.

Five time winner of Scotland’s Strongest Man title, Luke Stoltman, from Alness, teamed-up with Co-op colleagues in Invergordon in a show of support for mental wellbeing and to highlight that we are all “stronger” if we work together.

The Co-op is committed to creating healthier, happier communities and has partnered with SAMH in Scotland, working closely with the charity to make mental health a priority.

The High Street, Invergordon, Co-op team – one of around 20 Co-op stores locally to embark on a 100km static cycle challenge – were joined by strongman competitor Luke Stoltman who popped to his local Co-op in a bid to raise funds and awareness for mental health.

The stores raised more than £5000 in one week, money which will help the charity to provide a range of mental health support and services in communities.

Luke Stoltman, said in a short video: “In the UK and communities across the world, especially during this crisis we are going through at the moment, I think we have all been affected by mental health in some way, shape or form.

"That is why I think it is so close to everyone’s heart. It is hard to be positive all the time, and so that’s where close, supportive, positive networks come in to play.”

Paul Thomson, Co-op area manager, said: “By co-operating and working together we really can make a difference - I am so proud of the Co-op team, keeping shelves stocked, spirits high and communities fed during the Covid-19 crisis they really are local heroes.

“Mental wellbeing in our communities is an area that needs our support. It’s also one of those issues people still find difficult to talk about, despite the fact it can affect any of us at any time – the team had a fantastic week raising funds and awareness, and we are thrilled that Luke Stoltman took the time to join us to get behind this important issue – we are all ‘stronger’ when we work together!”

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