Weather conditions on Sunday were perfect for the St Albans Charity Cycle Ride organised by the city’s Rotary clubs, where cyclists of all abilities and ages raised funds for charities including for positive mental health using their combined pedal power.
Coinciding with Mental Health Awareness Week, friends, families, volunteers and colleagues of local charity The Counselling Foundation along with two other chosen beneficiaries Alzheimers Research UK and Secondary First (Cancer Research) participated in the 25th anniversary of the event, cycling between 10 and 40 miles. The three charities will receive an equal share of the fundraising.
Judy Mallinson, Grant Manager at the Foundation said “it was fantastic to see the community come out in their numbers to help raise funds for us and the other two charities. More people in St Albans will now benefit from having access to subsidised counselling sessions and we thank the organisers and those that attended, cycled or sponsored someone for helping us raise the profile of support available in our community.”
Attending the event and supporting the local community was Mayor of the City and District of St Albans, Councillor Rosemary Farmer, for whom, mental health is a topic particularly relevant for her year in office.
The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, was body image. Angela Pask, Marketing Officer at the Foundation commented “the charity cycle ride was the perfect family fundraising event to promote the positive influence that physical exercise can have to improve our mental wellbeing and our attitudes to body image. Parents and carers play a vital role in leading by example through modelling positive behaviour around keeping active, body image and eating healthily.”
According to Mental Health Foundation Body image issues can affect all of us at any age and directly impact our mental health, with 1 in 3 adults having felt so stressed by body image and appearance that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. Whatever our age, exercising has a huge impact on our wellbeing and cycling is particularly beneficial and something the whole family can enjoy regardless of ability.
Angela added “we hope the charity cycle ride continues to inspire individuals and families to regain more balance in their lives by taking up cycling and there are further events like this help raise not only much needed funds, but awareness and knowledge of mental health and the benefits that counselling can have.”
For anyone looking for further information about counselling or would like to support the charity please contact:
counsellingfoundation.org or call 01727 868585
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The Counselling Foundation:
Tel: 01727 868585
The Counselling Foundation is a leading charity providing low cost, quality counselling and counselling training for the better mental health and educational advancement of our communities.
Founded in 1974, the Foundation has now become one of the largest counselling and training centres outside of London, with five centres in Bedford, Broxbourne, Luton, St Albans and Stevenage, delivering over 30,000 counselling sessions a year including NHS contracts across the counties.
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