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Weʼre raising £700 to support the activities of Friends in Need, a Croydon social support group for those who are isolated through anxiety and depression.

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On 29th July I will be undertaking the Prudential Ride London, a closed road cycle event which starts at the Olympic Park and goes out into Surrey (going up Box Hill) before coming back into town and finishing on The Mall. Though I'm a habitual cyclist it has been around 8 years since I rode over 100 miles in one go! I'm hoping that as long as there are no punctures or mechanicals I should be able to complete it in around 7.5hrs - though I don't really know truly how things will go!

Why I'm fundraising for St Mildreds, Addiscombe:

I am the coordinator of Croydon Friends in Need, a social support project for those who experience anxiety and depression. Most of the members of the project have accessed local NHS services and need something else to help support their recovery once their talking therapies sessions have come to an end. That's where Friends in Need (FIN) comes in. I put together a monthly schedule of activities for members to give them the opportunity to get out and about in their local area, to meet others who understand, and to hopefully make friendships that they can take beyond the project in order to build up their own peer support network.

Several of the regular activities - craft sessions and a keep fit class - take place at St Mildred's Centre which is a community centre in the Addiscombe area of Croydon. In the last couple of years funding cuts meant that the FIN project no longer has the budget to be able to afford the cost of room hire. We have been very fortunate that individuals and groups associated with St Mildred's centre and church have donated generously during this time. These donations have allowed us to continue to use the centre. Lots of other community groups use it and the space has a great atmosphere. FIN has had amazing support from St Mildreds and staff over the last 5 or so years and I'm not sure what we would have done without them!

The current amount we have in the kitty for room hire funds isn't enough to last until the end of the financial year, unfortunately, so I'm hoping to raise enough for FIN to be able to keep using the rooms at St Mildreds until the end of March 2019.

Whatever you can give will be gratefully received! Funding for mental health projects always falls short of the need, and in the Croydon area there have been further financial complications that have impacted on statuary and non-statuary services alike. FIN was hit by a 50% reduction in budget last year which has made things very difficult indeed.

Anything you can send my way will go to St Mildreds - all the money will go towards providing spaces where members can meet up with others who have been through similar experiences and be less isolated and alone.

Friends in Need also has a website/forum associated with it - this covers the whole of the UK and is free to join: Friends in Need website/forum

P.S. I was hoping to fundraise rather than crowdfund but the JG account for St Mildreds hasn't been confirmed in time (they've only recently joined up).

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  • Sarah Strong7 days ago
    Sarah Strong

    Sarah Strong

    7 days ago

    Thanks to everyone who donated so generously to the crowdfunder. I'm really happy to announce that the final total (JG, cash donations, cheques sent directly to the venue) adds up to a whooping £1177.00 - nearly £500 more than the target! I have yet to confirm with St. Mildred's about how far into 2019 this will take us but it looks like we'll have enough to continue well into the next financial year. Thanks once again from myself and on behalf of all the members of FIN that use the facilities. Best, Sarah

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  • Sarah Strong16 days ago
    Sarah Strong

    Sarah Strong

    16 days ago

    Hi Everyone! Ride London 100 is done! I rode with my friend, Freddie, finishing in just over 6.5 hrs. We felt that was decent given the wind, and the rain for the majority of the ride. It was amazing to be able to ride on closed roads and to finish on the Mall. Some friends met us at the finish and we went off to a nearby pub for a well-deserved beer and a sit-down. A couple more pledges to come but it looks like I have raised a total of £1000! Great news for members and volunteers who use St Mildred's! Best wishes and thanks, Sarah

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  • Sarah Strong20 days ago
    Sarah Strong

    Sarah Strong

    20 days ago

    Um. I'm rethinking my kit choices.

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Page last updated on: 8/9/2018 11:54 AM



  • belinda lovell

    belinda lovell

    Aug 1, 2018

    well done Sarah - quite an achievement and such a good cause xx


  • Chloe Morris

    Chloe Morris

    Aug 1, 2018

    What an achievement! I hope everyone at FIN continues to enjoy using the space at St Mildreds


  • Ming


    Jul 29, 2018

    Hope you made it in one piece.

  • Teresa Temme

    Teresa Temme

    Jul 29, 2018

    All the best Sarah, no doubt you can do it!


  • Talitha Wachtelborn

    Talitha Wachtelborn

    Jul 28, 2018

    Go, Sarah! Go!


  • Praneetha Pallapothu (Prasad)

    Praneetha Pallapothu (Prasad)

    Jul 26, 2018

    for supporting my husband (prasad)


  • Champa Panchasara

    Champa Panchasara

    Jul 26, 2018

    Keep up the good work


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Sarah Strong

Sarah Strong

London, UK

I cycle a bit and work in mental health.

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