Mental health the reason why six teenagers are cycling 500km in France

L-r, Robert Revell, Ed Newall, Benedict Weldon, Archie Browner, Harry Christopherson and Tom Par

L-r, Robert Revell, Ed Newall, Benedict Weldon, Archie Browner, Harry Christopherson and Tom Parr. Pictures: Edward Newall - Credit: Archant

Six teenagers will be cycling 500km in four days this summer in an effort to raise £25,000 for YoungMinds, a charity which focuses on the mental health of children and adolescents.

Mental health is a prevalent issue for the youth of today and the six boys hope that this cycle ride will raise awareness of mental health.

Edward Newall, from Southrepps, who is one of the six teenagers, said: 'Over the last year we have realised just how important mental health is and how it can affect anyone, no matter how strong their personality.'

One of their close friends from school felt the need to leave this year so that he could focus on his mental wellbeing and manage the symptoms of his depression.

Ed's younger sister also suffers from depression and has been a patient on a specialist health unit of Great Ormond Street Hospital since February.


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Both of these developments have really touched the boys and they hope that the money they raise will make a difference to the lives of future sufferers.

The other riders, who do not live in Norfolk, are Robert Revell, Benedict Weldon, Archie Browner, Harry Christopherson and Tom Parr.

To keep up to date with their efforts, follow their Instagram @roscofftolarochelle and visit their Pledgit website https://www.pledgit.net/campaign/aYTew0/roscoff-to-la-rochelle-in-aid-of-young-minds. To donate £10, text WLWRQ to 70190

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