A pair of Morebus drivers are to cycle further than they have ever done before to raise money for mental health charity Dorset Mind and the memory of a colleague.
Martin Broomfield and Kris Hillman are to cycle from Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in London to the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, a total distance of 115 miles.
As well as raising money for Dorset Mind, the cause and choice of route is close to heart, after the loss of a colleague – Rob Douglas – earlier this year.
“We want to do all we can in his memory to help others who are suffering,” says Martin. “Rob was a lifelong Arsenal supporter – hence our choice of route. It’s a total of 115 miles, and is the furthest either of us has ridden – but it will be worth the effort if we can raise enough money to help this worthwhile local charity.”
The charity educates on mental health and challenges stigma, while encouraging recovery in individuals. One-to-one and group support includes counselling, mentoring, active monitoring and a befriending service to help people regain social skills and develop confidence. It also provides educational programmes for schools and workplaces and provides volunteer opportunities across the organisation.
“We all feel Rob’s loss terribly, and we wanted to do something positive in his memory,” adds Kris. “All money raised will be used by Dorset Mind to help those who so desperately need the wonderful support the charity provides to people living in our community.”
For more information and to donate, head to the pair’s Justgiving page.