100-mile cycling challenge in aid of Mind

22 January 2015

Caring charity fundraiser, Owen Thomas from Gloucester, is set to take on his third major challenge and cycle 100 miles in a day in aid of the mental health charity, Mind.

On Monday 16 February, the Helpdesk and Booking Clerk at Gloucestershire College, will cycle the equivalent of 643 times around a velodrome on an exercise bike at GC Gym, based at Cheltenham Campus – and hopes that members of the public will come in to show their support.

Despite having cerebral palsy in his legs, 26-year-old Owen has previously successfully walked from Gloucester to Stroud to raise money for the Brittle Bone Society and trekked 30.7 miles from Stroud to Gloucester to Tewkesbury in aid of Cancer Research UK, with the 100-mile cycle expected to prove his toughest test yet.

Owen said: “Mind is a charity close to my heart and beliefs. Some of my friends and family, as well as some of our most prominent visionaries and famous faces have suffered with depression, including Virginia Woolf, Stephen Fry and the late Robin Williams. But depression is still seen as a taboo subject because of a lack of understanding and knowledge. My message is this: please don’t be ashamed or scared to reach out and please seek help and advice. There are many people and charities like Mind that can help you.

“I want to raise awareness for and dispel the myths surrounding an illness which affects so many people, and hope the people of Gloucestershire will get behind me. I don’t let my cerebral palsy dictate me and if my cycling challenge inspires just one person to seek help, it will all be worth it.”

Owen has been working with the experienced trainers at GC Gym on a strict training schedule and diet ahead of the big day. He will set off on his static bike ride at 8am and aims to complete the full 100 miles in one day, with just a few breaks in between.

A former student of Gloucestershire College himself, Owen will be enlisting the help of current students to design posters promoting the challenge and encouraging staff, students and members of the public to donate, come along and support to the cause.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so via www.justgiving.com/Owen-Thomas-Cycle/.

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