Canterbury to Whitstable bike ride to raise money for mental health charity

This weekend a team of Canterbury fundraisers will take on a 16-mile sponsored bike ride to tackle mental health.

The ‘Cloisters 2 Oysters’ event will kick off the beginning National Mental Health Awareness Week and aims to raise money for the ‘Rethink’ charity.

About 200 bike riders are expected to participate in the race, which is being hosted at The Dolphin in Canterbury.

Fundraisers will set off at around 11:30, with others starting from Whitstable harbour itself, enjoying a ride along Crab and Winkle Way.

Paul and his wife Julia at last years event.

Campaigner Paul Marsh, will be taking part in this Sunday’s event, and says he wants to give back to the local charities that have supported him over the years.

Paul, who is now retired from a career in the Prison service, is a carer for his wife who has bipolar and has been part of the Rethink carers group for four years.

He said, “I attend the monthly Carers group and my wife attends her monthly support group, both operate out of the Canterbury Umbrella centre.

“The reason I became involved so much was to make a difference locally and also to help to reduce the stigma.

“It is a privilege to support a charity and the local professional health services to support these people.

“Whilst our event raises funds through sponsorship our main aim is to promote the available support of the charity and to reduce stigma of mental health generally.”

The charity event raised £7000 last year and looks to raise even more in 2019.

Paul and the organisers invite members of the public to donate and support the event.

Keep updated on Sunday on Facebook and Twitter at #Cloisters2Oysters.

Click here to donate to Paul’s just giving page.