The Humankind Ride for Recovery team has set off from Redbank Recovery Accommodation in Manchester bound for the UK Recovery Walk in Middlesbrough.
The cyclists had volunteered from services in Manchester, Leeds, London, Halifax and Head Office in Newton Aycliffe to cycle the 166 miles ride.
Today they are travelling via Calderdale Recovery Steps, 5 WAYS the Leeds recovery hub that is apart of Forward Leeds the city's alcohol and drug service.
The riders had a splendid send off from staff and residents at Redbank Recovery Accommodation.
The residents had even baked a range of food for the cyclists to tuck into before they set off in sunshine on the first leg of their ride.
Helen Hubberstey Area Manager for Humankind's North West services was there to wish the cyclists well. Helen said: “It's really exciting having the cyclists set off from here today. The staff and residents have been really busy with preparation. I think it's really important we get behind causes like this to demonstrate our commitment to recovery and the journey that our residents are on".
Rhian James from Humankind’s Manchester office is one of the cyclists. She said: “It was great that so many people were there to wish us well. Hopefully, we can carry their positive spirit with us over the next 150 miles and all the way to the Recovery Walk. Having people supporting us like this makes us feel it will all be worthwhile."
The riders braved toeriential rain and a steep climb to get out of Halifax, they cycled on to Leeds and to 5 WAYS to Wellbeing @ The Recovery Academy. The members of 5 WAYS who are all in recovery themselves from substance misuse issues were there to greet them on arrival with balloons, bunting and a home-made welcome flag.
5 WAYS member Stacey Vickers said: “It was amazing to see what they cyclists have achieved so far. It made me want to get on my bike and be a part of it next year. It was an honour to be involved today. The riders created such a brilliant atmosphere.”
Cyclist Claire Burns, from the HR team at Humankind, said: “Today has been a real struggle though hill climbs, cobbles and bad weather. The reception we’ve been given at 5 WAYS is just amazing. Everyone has given us such a warm welcome and it was just the tonic we needed after such a long ride”.
Helen Mason, Senior Practitioner at 5 WAYS said: "It was really exciting that the cyclists took time out to visit 5ways and we loved having them here for afternoon tea, giving them a huge welcome and praise for what they have achieved they are truly inspirational and are smashing it and raising money, the 5 WAYS community loved having them here. "