This August, Cambian Group teacher Lee Bigland set off on a bank holiday cycle with a difference! Unlike most Bank Holiday weekend cyclists he wasn’t off for short round trip in the sun but was instead embarking on a 12-day, 1000-mile cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats in aid of West Norfolk Mind.
By his own admission, Lee is not the world’s most experienced long-distance cyclist. For him to complete a route that included ascents totalling two and a half times up Mt. Everest was a monumental challenge but one that Lee tackled head on.
West Norfolk Mind is one of over 130 local branches of the national mental health charity Mind, who provide advice and support for those experiencing mental health issues, campaign to improve mental health services and remove the stigma associated with discussing mental health issues. The money Lee raises will be used to provide drop-in sessions at a new centre based in King’s Lynn so that young adults in the local community can have access to specialist support and guidance in a safe, supportive environment.
After 12 days, Lee completed the challenge at John O’Groats on 8th September, remarking that his challenge ‘was extremely difficult, but nothing compared to what some people are going through… I could not be prouder to be involved in this’. As a Cambian employee, part of the CareTech family, Lee’s fundraising qualifies for a match funding grant of £250 to supplement the £3,000 he has already raised. Any further donations would be welcomed through his JustGiving page to support this terrific cause.
Lee powers through the miles