Cycling for Realise: supporting mental health and wellbeing

Over 3 days between 9th-12th October, colleagues from across we are aspire will embark on a 140-mile cycle challenge from Whitehaven to Tynemouth raising money for Realise charity. 

The Coast2Coast bike ride is the UK’s most popular long-distance cycle route and provides a good personal challenge for most amateur cyclists.

140 miles over 3 days

Realise Ambassador and Aspire Housing Locality Manager, Mark Beadle came up with the fundraising idea and quickly began the preparations to plan the logistics and gather riders together from across we are aspire.

Mark said: “The Coast2Coast route is something I did 2 years ago. I thought it would be not only a good challenge for colleagues in the business but also an achievable one.”

The team will start off on the west coast of Cumbria at Whitehaven on Friday 9th October 2020 and finish on the northeast coast at Tynemouth on Monday 12th October. With accommodation booked along the route, the team will carry out 52 miles on day 1, 40 miles on day 2 and finish with a 44-mile ride to Tynemouth on day 3.

Mark continues: “Cycling is something I’ve always enjoyed. It’s a passion of mine and it provides people with an opportunity to improve their general fitness and wellbeing. In my role with Aspire Housing, I see every day the impact of wellbeing and mental health on people’s lives. Doing this challenge allows us to give back to our local communities through Realise.”

Raising awareness about wellbeing and mental health

The link between cycling and mental health is evident. It can help to reduce stress, promote mindfulness and stimulate the release of endorphins – the ‘feel-good hormones’!!

Over recent years, Realise charity has funded a variety of community programmes that tackle mental health including providing counselling support to young people starting in their careers and helping those in the community overcome health barriers to gain employment. 

A dedicated mental health counsellor providing support at PM Training has supported over 200 young people in 12 months. The service has helped young people to discover their own solutions to mental health, boosting self-confidence and the ability to make decisions and trust in their own ability.

One learner from PM Training commented: “I feel counselling has really helped me. It’s so nice to have such an amazing person to help see things from such a beautiful perspective.”

10 cyclists raising £10,000 for local communities

The Coast2Coast cycling challenge will enable Realise charity to do more in local communities. The cyclists will not only embark on the 140-mile trip but also aim to fundraise an amazing £10,000.


You can support by following the team on social media #CyclingForRealise any by donating online