London-Paris cycle ride boosts The Project
PUBLISHED: 06:59 04 September 2015
Axminster based young persons’ mental health charity receives more than £2,000 after 300-mile marathon
The Project, the Axminster-based group supporting young people with emotional and mental health issues, got a big cash boost last week.
At the young people’s peer support session, Matthew Lathey presented the group with a cheque for £2,127 raised during his recent London to Paris cycle ride.
He took on the 300-mile, four-day challenge to raise awareness of suicides among young people following the death of his brother’s best friend, Dan Collins, who tragically took his own life last year at the age of 22.
Dan’s father, Nigel Collins, who lives in Bridport, also went along to the group meeting, and movingly shared his experience of his son’s death. He left a positive message with young people, encouraging them to speak to someone if they were struggling to cope with life.
Matt and Nigel attended the 13-18s session and presented the cheque to Debbie Humberstone, The Project’s founder.
She said: “We can’t thank Matt enough for taking on this challenge and raising so much money for The Project. “It far exceeded anything we expected! We are so grateful to both Matt and to Nigel for taking on such a huge undertaking and in speaking so openly about their experiences.”
Matt, who lives in Dorchester, intends to carry on with his cycling, and has not ruled out taking on the London to Paris ride again in the future. To sponsor Matt, and donate to The Project, you can still do so via his fundraising page http://www.gofundme.com/lwrhis
For further information about The Project, go to www.theprojectyp.org.uk, or give Debbie a call on 07970 167341.