A cyclist from Duffield has set out on a 1,066 mile ride across the country to raise money for a mental health charity and its Derbyshire walking project.
Ryan Cooper, 38, began the journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats on Monday, July 30, in an effort to raise £1 for every mile he clocks up over the next 11 days for Derbyshire Mind.
He said: “I wanted to do something to really challenge myself both physically and mentally. It will be tough, but if I can complete the distance it will be a personal achievement, as well as raising money for a good cause.”
“I will be cycling for up to 10 hours a day, passing through some of the most scenic countryside Britain has to offer, including iconic bridge crossings, mountain passes and historic locations along the way.”
Ryan, who works for a fruit and vegetable delivery service, will be joined on the road by a support car driven by mum Monica and brother Gavin, a trustee of the charity.
The challenge is specifically raising money for Enjoying Derbyshire, a programme of guided walks and physical activities for people recovering from, living with or affected by mental ill health.
Ryan said: “Mental health is important to me, and I have family members that have suffered with mental health problems.
“One in four people will experience a mental health problem each year, and yet there is still a stigma surrounding mental health.”
He added: “Derbyshire Mind is a local charity, committed to increasing public understanding of mental health issues and making it possible for people with mental health problems to voice their opinions.”
Mind spokesman Sinead Dalton said: “Enjoying Derbyshire is an exciting opportunity and one we hope will demonstrate to fundraisers how together we can make a real difference to people’s lives.
“We are grateful to Ryan, and all our fundraisers, for their outstanding achievements.”
To sponsor Ryan’s ride, visit www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/teamrychallenge.