Mortgage team to cycle 1,800 miles for charity

Robyn Hall

June 10, 2013

The team consists of Ben Thompson, Gary Salter, Peter Andrew, Pamela Andrew, Charlie Morley, Steve White, Matt Hynes, Jeremy Cook, Martin Foote, Simon Dixon, Mike Brooks.

Thompson and his team will begin the 1,800 mile ride in London on 16th June and it should take 17 days to complete.

The 10-strong team will aim to cycle over 100 miles a day and scale some of Europe’s highest peaks in the process, the largest of which will be Col De Pailheres a 6,565ft peak in the French Pyrenees.

The aim is to raise £40,000 to support the excellent work Rethink Mental Illness does to provide information, advice, peer support and better services to those affected by mental illness.

The mortgage industry has thrown its weight behind the event. Charles Morley from Investec is taking part in the challenge and Investec has kindly agreed to be primary sponsor with other Legal & General Mortgage Club members and lenders pledging support too.

Ben Thompson, managing director of The Legal & General Mortgage Club, said: “Our aim is to raise awareness of the difficulties people with mental illness face and raise funds to help Rethink Mental Illness provide a greater level of support.

“The pain sufferers endure often isn’t recognised and all too often people are not adequately supported.

“If someone has a broken leg it’s obvious where their pain might be. However, it can be less apparent for those that are afflicted with mental illness and sadly many have to suffer in silence and alone.

“This is something that is very close to my heart and although it will be a hugely demanding challenge it couldn’t be for a more worthy cause.

“That is why it’s so pleasing that the likes of Investec and many other Legal & General Mortgage Club members and lenders are sponsoring our efforts. It’s great to see the mortgage industry coming together to help tackle the issue of mental illness.”

Former Downing Street director of communications and strategy Alastair Campbell Alastair Campbell is an ambassador for the Time to Change campaign and has added his support for the ride.

Campbell said: “As an ambassador for the Time to Change campaign I am pleased that Legal & General as well as leading names in the mortgage industry are coming together to support mental health services like this.

“As a cyclist I am jealous of the sense of achievement they will get at the end of such an amazing ride. Many who suffer from mental illness often do so in silence and with little if any support.

“My hope is that the funds and awareness raised from Ben’s ride to Africa go some way towards improving treatment for some and understanding for many.”

Paul Jenkins, chief executive of Rethink Mental Illness, added: “Severe mental illness can be devastating but Rethink Mental Illness is there to make a difference through offering information, advice and peer support. We also campaign for better services.

“As a charity, we are lucky to have so many dedicated supporters, like Ben and his team, who push themselves to the limit to raise money for us.”

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