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Lisa Rodrigues

Lisa's Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 on 2nd August 2015

100 mile single-day bike ride for Samaritans because anyone can feel suicidal. Including me.

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  • Event: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 2015, 02 Aug 2015

Samaritans

Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year providing a safe place for anyone struggling to cope, whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life has done to them. For more information please visit www.samaritans.org

Charity Registration No. 219432

Story

I've always loved cycling. That's me on my trike in 1958. It had a useful bin at the back for teddies and other animals.

I remember the magic of suddenly being able to pedal down the garden on a borrowed 2-wheeler. I got my first bike, a red and gold Raleigh with white-wall tyres, at Christmas 1962. 

Cycling is good for my mental health. When I get on my bike, I usually feel stronger, free and full of life, whatever the weather. But having experienced depression off and on since I was 15, I also know that at times, people like me need to talk to others, even though it can feel unbearably hard to ask for help.

I learned about the Samaritans in an article in Reader's Digest in 1970, the same year I first saw a psychiatrist. I then borrowed a book from the library called The Listeners by Monica Dickens. And I called them a few times, from a phone box just like the picture on the cover. 

In 1978, I became a Samaritan myself, at the Horsham and Crawley branch. In the selection process, I avoided mentioning my history. But 18 months later, I was having some problems. The other volunteers were really wonderful people, and I have always felt bad about leaving with no explanation and letting them and our callers down.

These days I support Samaritans with a small regular donation. So when I got an email about Ride 100, I felt it was meant to be. I will be 60 on 13 August 2015. I've done long rides before, but this will probably be my greatest ever challenge. Can I do it? I'm training hard so I hope so, even if I am the last of the 25,000 riders to arrive in The Mall. 

You can help me and Samaritans by making a donation, however small, to spur me on and help them in their compassionate listening work. I am giving my first £160 directly to my local Brighton, Hove and District Branch as that is what it costs to run the branch for 24 hours. Everyone is a volunteer, and I've met some of them recently. They are the kindest people you could imagine.

If you ever feel desperate yourself, please do consider contacting Samaritans. They are open 24/7, will listen without judgement, and however grim everything seems, they will help you keep yourself safe.

Thank you.



  

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