By Doug Dennison 

As difficult as I’m sure we have all found lockdown, one thing I am grateful for is it has given me the chance to reignite my love for cycling – and it has reminded me how good it is for my mental health.

Although there have been many challenges thrown my way, my determination is what continues to keep pushing me forward. From the 7th of August the 21st of August along with 3 others, I am tackling 1,020 miles doing the Land’s End to John O’ Groats cycle route in aid of raising money for Unmasked Mental Health, an organisation I co-founded which is frontline in the battle to change the stigma associated with mental health. Having had my own experiences with mental health, I wanted to undertake something that would challenge me both physically but also mentally.

If you would like to support us on this mission, please do so through the link below: https://localgiving.org/appeal/unmaskedcharitybikeride/

In the 14 days it will take me to complete this journey an estimated 2,739 women and men per day across the globe will sadly take their own lives, equating to 38,346 people during the entirety of the ride. These are not just statistics, but people’s lives, so we want to do all we can to promote the message to unmask the stigma through our services and try and reduce this number as much as we can.

The goal of this mission is to raise up to £10,000 for Unmasked to enable us to continue running our services for women and men aged 16+, which include a free support app, low-cost counselling and free peer-support hubs that run across the UK. Being a charity, we rely entirely on funding and donations, so an opportunity such as this gives us chance to promote our message by putting ourselves through our paces!

As a nominated primal adventurer, Primal have been epic in ensuring that I have suitable race kit to aid me in both my training and the final undertaking of this challenge!

If you would like to support us on this mission, please do so through the link below: https://localgiving.org/appeal/unmaskedcharitybikeride/

Doug Dennison

Unmasked Co-founder 

18 August 2021

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