Oldham News | Main News | Darron and Lee are homing in on an epic 350-mile bike ride fund-raiser

Date revealed: 26 May 2021

Two native enterprise leaders are coming to an finish of an epic 350-mile cycle journey from London to Manchester (through Norwich) as they hope to reach in Chadderton, at Broadgate House, their firm’s HQ, at round 1pm tomorrow (Thursday).

Raising much-needed funds to finance 50 Samaritans volunteers, and different psychological well being initiatives, Darron Cavanagh (45), chief working officer at safety specialists The VPS Group, and Lee Newman (48), their CEO, set off from London on Sunday.

The climate has been very combined, however they’ve been properly supported by riders becoming a member of them for every day. 

To put the 350-mile distance into some context, yesterday they cycled 125km, 78miles, Norwich to Spalding – that is 9 miles longer than the professionals will ride on the ultimate stage of the Tour de France, stage 21, this 12 months from Chatou to the Champs Elysees.

Darron and Lee have been coaching for six months – together with some gruelling 4am begins to suit in with work.  

Lee’s spouse Sophie is a Samaritan.

The variety of people who ring by to Samaritans each day is astonishing, equal to a name each seven seconds.

In the UK, suicide is the most important killer of younger folks aged 20-34.

Within the development, safety, and amenities administration sectors, three of the important thing sectors the VPS Group work in, there are a few of the highest threat occupations inclined to emphasize.

“We’re extremely grateful for all of the assist we’ve acquired so far,” stated Darron.

“Lockdowns have been significantly powerful for folks’s psychological well being, so we determined on a bike ride to boost cash for Samaritans and different campaigns to assist psychological well being and wellbeing.”

They are presently hitting £32,000 of their £50,000 fund-raising goal.

The JustGiving web page for donations will be accessed here

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