A sold-out audience attended the premiere of a documentary about a man who recovered from alcoholism and used the Lake District highlands to deal with his mental health issues.
Fixed by the Fells is the story of Harrison Ward, also known as Fell Hoodie. Harrison Ward turns his passion for hiking into the mountains and cooking delicious meals with basic camping gear into his profession.
A resident of Ambleside and a columnist for Cumbria Crack, Harrison struggled with mental health issues from an early age, turning to drinking and smoking to cope, and became severely overweight in her twenties.
This documentary details how he began to turn his life around after he vowed to quit drinking six years ago, and how the Lake District played an important role in the process. .
Today, Harrison has made a career out of his activism. He has sponsored many brands, including Volvo, and regularly gives motivational talks to companies, as well as performing at his Food Festival and his Outdoor Festival.
Harrison and Preston-based videographer Garth Dew of GD Video has been working on documentaries for the past four years. COVID-19 delayed the production and airing of the documentary, but we were finally able to host the premiere at the Alpkit store. , earlier this month in Keswick.
All proceeds from the event were donated to the Alupkit Foundation. The Alupkit Foundation supports the protection and preservation of the outdoors, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.
Harrison said he was impressed and moved by how the documentary was received.
“I share my story a lot, but I often still feel a little uneasy about how people will receive it,” Harrison said.
“It was very inspiring to see how people engaged with Fixed by the Fells and to receive so many encouraging and admiring comments afterwards.
“Talking about mental health and being open about it is essential to help people deal with issues they may be facing. Thanks to Garth for reaching out to put this documentary together. I hope it will help raise awareness of the issues many face and bring a little solace and solace to those going through their own battles.”
The documentary will premiere online on September 5th.