Graham's Trans-Pennine Challenge
I've been cycling for 65 years (well, the first year was only a tricycle) but I've never undertaken a personal challenge before, unless you count commuting in London for years without being knocked off.
My involvement in mental health goes back to an earlier career as a psychiatric social worker, which led me to join the board of Derbyshire Mind a few years ago. Derbyshire Mind celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year, so what better time could there be to fund-raise for it?
Bearing in mind I will be doing this a matter of days before my 70th birthday, you might think I should be fundraising for AgeUK (or by the end of the three days the Yorkshire Air Ambulance service!). BUT..I have always felt that services for mental health and emotional well-being have long been the 'poor relation' in health and social care and I am immensely proud of Derbyshire Mind's campaigning and support for those with mental health difficulties across the County. We provide advocacy services across Derbyshire and social activity and exercise groups which improve well-being for vulnerable people.
Cycling the Trans-Pennine Trail
In early August I will be attempting to cycle the whole of the Trans-Pennine Trail, a coast-to-coast trip covering 215 miles and climbing a total of over 7,500 ft. The route begins in Southport, skirts Liverpool and Greater Manchester before climbing through Derbyshire across the Pennines and on to Doncaster, The Yorkshire Wolds, and ending at the North Sea in Hornsea.
There are several official checkpoints along the way and the challenge should take me three days.
Event is completed
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