After nearly 2 years of working flat out building an incredible team of volunteers (and now very special friends) who have supported so many people in need… something incredible has just happened.
Mental Health Motorbike has just become the first national dedicated mental health support charity for bikers. We did it!!! WE ARE A CHARITY
Registered Charity Number 1196406
To say I’m emotional is an understatement. I keep going from happiness to emotional wreck knowing just how big a job it is that we are taking on. But when push comes to shove I ask myself the question – am I scared by this? and the question is hell yes!!! And then no… because we’ve made so much happen so far why can’t we make other amazing things happen? It all revolves around the team we surround ourselves with, and this is a metaphor for life… surround yourself with good people, caring people and honest people and things will go well.
The emotion comes out of why this charity emerged… sadly its a story echoed far too widely across the country… suicide. I lost a friend that I’d known since he was 11 years old. Dale Caffrey was a complex character – but everybody who met him loved him. We lost him too soon to suicide and I made a promise at his funeral to try very hard to stop other young men ending their life by suicide. This is where Mental Health Motorbike started, with one of Dale‘s best friends Jay Lucas another incredible human.
I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart so many other people. I’ve tried to speak some of you today this is why it’s been so special for me. You know who you are ❤️
The hard work now begins we have set ourselves a very big challenge. Please get behind us and make Mental Health Motorbike a nationally recognised household name.
This is the advanced preparation visit covering the Southern leg of the Ride to Recruit route. We are doing this to meet strategic partners, and Mental Health Motorbike members. It will help us prepare for a much more effective and safer project when wr run the Baton Relay event in 2020.
So it is the start of Mental Health awareness week and we thought we would do something different each day. So the first daily activity is to encourage you to listen to the Sons of Anxiety podcast – part 1 CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
We are really excited to be doing a guest speaker talk to IAM Roadsmart Solent on Tuesday 11th May at 7pm.
The work of IAM RoadSmart is vitally important in creating safer riders both from a technical and observational point of view. IAM RoadSmart makes better riders and drivers. As well as training and education, they provide advice and publish research into driver and rider behaviour. Mental Health Motorbike are developing a strategic partnership with IAM RoadSmart nationally and are really keen to promote the benefits within our network.
We will be doing a feature on this new partnership over the next few weeks. watch this space. In the meantime to find out more about IAM RoadSmart visit https://www.iamroadsmart.com
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