Pete’s Pedal for Mental HealthNews
In light of this week’s Mental Health Awareness Week, we wanted to raise awareness of a fantastic undertaking by a friend of the clinic Peter Wright. Please take a read below to get an insight into this amazing effort:
Putting pedal-power to action for a very good purpose
Veteran cyclist and walker, Peter Wright, is going to put pedal-power where his mouth is to generate support for young people with severe mental health problems. “The need for action on young peoples mental health has never been more urgent” he says, so this charity founder and author is cycling Scotland end-to-end for a project that has been making a real difference for almost 20 years now. This project supports young people referred by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) to re-engage with regular activities, through the framework of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Petes’ pedal will raise funds to make the Expedition portion of the award – a self-sufficient walking and camping trip undertaken by teams of young people – financially accessible to all.
Wright thrives on challenges. A few years ago, he walked the 1,200 Watershed of Scotland. He has had heart surgery and an operration on his ankle, so a new challeneg by pedal-power to raise money to help young people, via a unique project that he founded, is just up his street. He will be cycling solo and camping from Berwick Upon Tweed to Duncansby Head by minor roads.
“It was my simple conviction that this project, combining DofE through FOTA, and in partnership with CAMHS, could make a real difference to young lives affected by mental health problems, that inspired the venture. Over the years, it has proved its worth many times over for these young people, and we are all determined to see it continue to provide the life-changing experiences that are its hallmark”
Peter Wright, MBE aged 72