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Christian Smith

Kent Epic - 248 miles in 24hrs

doing a mega cycle for Mind - The Mental Health Charity because I am mental not mad

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Mind - The Mental Health Charity

We’re Mind, the mental health charity. We believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We’re here for you. Today. Now. Whether you’re stressed, depressed or in crisis. We’ll listen, give support and advice, and fight your corner.

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Christian's family and friends would like to thank everyone who has donated.

Taking on this challenge was Christian's way of doing something positive to make sure that people facing mental health problems are not alone and the many messages of support and generosity of donations are a great comfort to us at this extremely sad and difficult time.

  

This is an attempt to cycle the full 24hrs and the full distance, largely unsupported (because nobody is stupid enough to volunteer!). So there are no motorcycle outriders, support vehicles or hot chicks to wipe my brow.

It is going to be a tough course with over 11000ft of climbing, 248 miles, all in 6 weeks time. The route forms a pretty red line around Kent, into Sussex and back up past Tonbridge towards Medway, across to Swale and home. In time for tea and a slice of cake.

As much as this being a physical effort, it will also be a mental struggle, enduring a long dark night alone, knackered. Not to mention the long training sessions ahead of me to prepare.

So why am I doing this?

In short I want to support the charity MIND, raise awareness towards the great support that they offer, and help bring an end to the stigma that is attached to those who suffer from mental health problems.

I have had my own misfortune to suffer from a spate of poor mental health, which was unexpected and has been a real 'game changer' in how I now view the future. It has been a tough road to get to this point but I have been fortunate enough to have the support of my family and friends.

There are those who are not so fortunate to have the same level of support and understanding. They suffer in silence and are alone.

This challenge is for those people.

Thank you in advance for donating, as it shows to me your continued support for this cause. I could ramble on about all the issues that face those who suffer or have suffered from mental health problems and the campaigning work completed by MIND. But I could never match the MIND website for content. Please do take a look here http://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/  and see what you are supporting with me.

It is ok with me if you want to donate more than once, it will give you a nice feeling inside if you do and also make my misery on the ride worthwhile.

I won't mind also if you want to sponsor me on behalf of your organisation / business. How better to demonstrate to your people that you are supportive of an environment that encourages all round better well being.

We are all responsible for making change happen.

Thanks so much.

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