Our fundraising Stories
The plans for the trip came about in the stressful weeks before the first of our A level exams and also marked the year anniversary of the death of a school friend who sadly took his own life. Over the past year my outlook on mental health has changed greatly, added pressures with exams and social media awareness of oneself and friends wellbeing has become more important to me. I would like to use this trip which is both a physical and mental challenge to raise money and awareness for the charity Young Minds.
The charity Young Minds acts as a platform to educate all ages about mental health as well as offering support and advice in a range of forms. The webpage has a diverse selection of stories and opportunities to speak to people who have had similar experiences, while encouraging self care, confidence and general wellbeing.
The page and cause has a close connection with me and I would ask for your help in aiding Young Minds Trust to expand their work and facilities to help many other young teens.
September 2020 is the tenth anniversary of my late mother's ( Susan Hayward) death. I am raising money for Epilepsy Research UK in memory of her as she suffered from the illness in the later stages of her life. As a child growing up with a mother with epilepsy, I am acutely aware of the limitations it places on the sufferer and their family living an ordinary life.
ERUK fund ground-breaking independent research into the causes, treatment and prevention of epilepsy with the aim of identifying new means to control the condition, improve treatment and quality of life for those with epilepsy and perhaps ultimately to find a cure.
I particularly chose ERUK to support over other Epilepsy charities as Mummy with her experience as a GP always advocated research.
To find out more about my motivations behind the trip follow this link to an interview i had with ERUK : https://www.epilepsyresearch.org.uk/focus/felicity-cycling-adventure/