Paul Goodfellow

The Medicine Ball Challenge

One in four adults experience mental illness, and many more of us know and care for people who do. Talking openly about we feel can help.

The challenge involves cuffing a 3kg Medicine Ball to my wrist for 7 days. It may not sound that heavy but being tied to the medicine ball continuously for 7 days is a significant burden. The ball becomes a physical, visual and tangible representation of the invisible burden of mental health so many of us can experience.

The challenge raises money for the following charities. Any support you can offer will be gratefully received and split evenly between the causes.

ABF The Soldiers' Charity

Combat Stress

My Updates

Day 2… Named the medicine ball Wilson

In tribute to Tom Hanks in Castaway… I’ve decided to name the medicine ball Wilson for the remainder of my challenge… The reaction has been fantastic… lots of powerful conversations surrounding mental health…

Day 1 - Getting used to it... slowly

The positive reaction to this challenge has so far been amazing. Thank you for all the kind donations to date and thank you to those who have engaged in positive conversations about mental health awareness. 

6 days to go... 


Thank you to my Sponsors


Richard Cooke

Well done mate a great cause.


Peter Gallagher

Good luck Bonny Lad


Sophie & Baz

Good Luck!


Mental Health Supporter

Mental Health matters and I really respect you for encouraging powerful conversations via this challenge! Well Done Goody


Boris Secker

Goody, a good challenge for a worthwhile cause.



Goody, proud of you mate.


Simon Waldock

Great challenge. Great cause. Good luck





Tom Cattanach

Good luck Goody, very deserving cause!! Don’t be scared of doing a few bicep curls over the 7 days too 😆

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