On the weekend of 16th and 17th June, LASER’s Head of Energy Management Andy Morgan and Bureau Services Lead Jack Chandler joined a group of likeminded individuals who took on a cycling challenge of epic proportion. The challenge was in aid of raising money for talking therapy sessions for unpaid mental health carers in London Borough of Camden, Kingston and Hillingdon.
Dissimilar to care workers who are paid professionals, carers dedicate their own time caring for a friend or family member who suffers from illness, disability, mental health problems or addiction and cannot cope without the support of the Carers Trust. Supporting a friend or family member comes with a number of challenges which can have a substantial impact on physical and mental health. The money raised will be directly spent on therapies to increase happiness through counselling to restore health. Continually supporting unpaid carers by any means will assist them in providing the essential and best possible care for those in need.
To conclude Carers Week 2018, our very own Andy Morgan and Jack Chandler cycled with 5 others from London to Paris over 3 days, totalling roughly a massive 330 kilometres (110 kilometres each day)! Andy said “we took a route from London to Newhaven on Friday which took us about 5 hours of traffic dodging (not to mention riding over the South and North Downs).”
The cyclists then took a ferry which left Newhaven at 11pm, giving them an hour or two of much needed sleep before getting back on the bikes at 4am on the Saturday morning in Dieppe. “We completed about 50km before 8am Saturday, then tracked down a patisserie to refuel on pastries and coffee.” Saturday ended with a night stay in a “half derelict” French mansion.
Sunday was 6 hours in the saddle riding into Paris. After experiencing the stunning scenery, stunning hills and stunned legs, the group navigated through the Paris traffic and arrived at the Eifel Tower exhausted but elated.
“It was a great adventure and experience (and opportunity to eat a lot of pastries) but the reason for the challenge was to raise money for charity. So far we’ve raised around £2.5k of our £3K target and would be very grateful for any donations to make us feel it was all worthwhile.”
If you would like to make a donation to this worthy cause, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/DTAL2P2018