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Bexleyheath charity cyclists raise £21k for mental health charity YoungMinds

PUBLISHED: 14:43 04 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:43 04 December 2017

YoungMinds supporters taking on a sponsored 600-mile bike ride across Europe. Picture: Coral Jones

YoungMinds supporters taking on a sponsored 600-mile bike ride across Europe. Picture: Coral Jones

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Thousands of pounds have been raised for a mental health charity thanks to the efforts of a team of fundraisers who took on a Europe cycling challenge.

YoungMinds supporters taking on a sponsored 600-mile bike ride across Europe. Picture: Coral Jones YoungMinds supporters taking on a sponsored 600-mile bike ride across Europe. Picture: Coral Jones

Thirteen friends and family members from Bexleyheath rode across seven countries in seven days, a distance of more than 600 miles.

They have collected £21,724.89 (including Gift Aid) so far for YoungMinds, and donations are still rolling in.

Coral Jones and Lisa Shand, long-time supporters of the charity, said: “We’re a group of family and friends who set ourselves a mission to raise funds and awareness, to encourage more people to speak out about their mental health and seek support when they need it.

“We lost someone very special to us, which inspired us to act.

YoungMinds supporters taking on a sponsored 600-mile bike ride across Europe. Picture: Coral Jones YoungMinds supporters taking on a sponsored 600-mile bike ride across Europe. Picture: Coral Jones

“If we can encourage just one person to seek help when they are struggling then we will be happy.

“This was our fourth fundraiser for YoungMinds and a fantastic challenge.

“The aches, pains, tears and bike falls were all worth it for such a vital cause.”

The group’s journey spanned England, Scotland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and France, with the big finish taking place in London.

YoungMinds supporters taking on a sponsored 600-mile bike ride across Europe. Picture: Coral Jones YoungMinds supporters taking on a sponsored 600-mile bike ride across Europe. Picture: Coral Jones

Diane Gault, director of fundraising at YoungMinds, added: “We would like to say a huge thank you to these amazing fundraisers. Cycling across seven countries in seven days is such an impressive challenge, and we are so impressed they managed it!

“Three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health problem, and the money raised by fundraisers like these helps us continue our vital work in improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people across the UK.”

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading children and young person’s mental health charity.

It works to promote good mental health and also improve the quality of services for those in need of support.

The charity assists more than 13,000 parents a year through its award-winning parents’ helpline.

There is still time to donate to Coral, Lisa, and their challenge teammates, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/7countriesin7days.

To find out more about YoungMinds or to get involved with its fundraising activities, visit youngminds.org.uk.

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