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Reverend revving up in memory of her son

PUBLISHED: 11:19 21 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:41 22 June 2018

Rev Julie Boyd and her family will be doing a sponsored motorcycle ride from King's Lynn to Inverness Picture: Courtesy of the Diocese of Norwich

Rev Julie Boyd and her family will be doing a sponsored motorcycle ride from King's Lynn to Inverness Picture: Courtesy of the Diocese of Norwich

Courtesy of the Diocese of Norwich

A reverend will be revving up for a mental health charity in memory of her son.

St Faith’s Church in Gaywood, King’s Lynn, is creating a new community support centre and meeting place on Gayton Road for those who need support in times of need.

One of the many groups who will use the new space is West Norfolk Mind, who will be the first user group to hold weekly meetings in the new facility.

For Rev Julie Boyd and her husband, Matthew, the charity holds a special place in their hearts as their son Andrew took his own life last year.

“My husband and I are really pleased that this new space provided by the church will be able to help so many vital community projects including West Norfolk Mind,” Rev Boyd said. “My family and I are planning a sponsored event in memory of our son Andrew.”

She said her son had a passion for motorbikes, and so to raise money for the project she will be learning to ride a motorbike for the first time and will be riding to Scotland on August 13.

She added: “Andrew was a keen motorcyclist and often suggested that his sister and I should both learn to ride and join him and his dad on the road. At his funeral last year we made a promise that we would do exactly that and now the time has come to fulfil that promise.

“Andrew left behind three motorbikes and so his sister and I will be learning to ride and then all three of us will be riding up to Scotland to raise money for this project.”

The project has been named Gaywood’s Action Promise (GAP), but the church is asking the community to help find the right name for the new centre.

Rev Boyd added: “Here at St Faith’s church, we’ve spent a lot of time looking for the gap and we feel that there is a need for a meeting place, for action groups and support networks as well as for church groups. We want to fill that gap and support the community to the best of our ability.”

To donate, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/revvingrev.

You can follow the Boyd family’s journey by searching for @revvingrev on Facebook.

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