Surrey bikers gear up to raise money for Mind

Submitted for publication in the Surrey Advertiser

Bikers in and around Surrey are set to complete a 140 mile round trip this weekend to raise money for mental health charity Mind.

On Sunday May 15, riders will make the trip for the Mind Rider event from Dorking to Bexhill on Sea as part of an annual charity fundraiser.

Departing at midday, runners will travel in groups of six from Ryka’s Café in Dorking to the Custom Café, Bexhill on Sea, before congregating at the cliffs of the Seven Sisters. Riders will wear green ribbons worn by everyone who participates in the Mind Rider event.

Henry Lewin, 29, from London, who organizes Mind Rider, said: “Many people, myself included, suffered from mental health issues during the pandemic and are still struggling despite the end of the lockdown.

“I hope the ride brings together an often frowned upon community to raise funds and awareness for mental health and provide an opportunity to have fun, open up and talk to each other.”

“It’s not just men who are getting involved too. Cycling now appeals to a wide range of people from all walks of life – from young people still with their L-Plates to older, experienced riders even in their 80s. There are also a growing number of women in our groups, so it’s great to be able to come together to make mental health discussions normal so that everyone gets the support they need.

Wagdy Fahmi from Horley leads the Surrey Rides biker group and helps organize the event. He said: “We’re looking forward to the start. It’s great to be able to do something positive that helps people think about the community they’re part of and the battles they might be fighting in silence.

“It’s a ‘support one, support all’ event, and everyone involved knows that everyone is there to lend a hand, a shoulder to cry on or just an ear to listen. We hope to raise around 3,000 £ for Mind this year; all donations are welcome – and if you have a bike (or car) you are more than welcome.

“We do quite a few charity events, but this is special because it’s about supporting the person next to you. Many of us have spent the last two years alone and struggling. We need to allow people easier to contact us when they need support.”

Mind Rider is an annual event to raise funds for the mental health charity Mind. Everyone is welcome to join the event or make a supporting donation; to visit mindrider.com to learn more or to donate, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/mindrider

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