The Humankind Ride for Recovery cycling team rode out of Yorkshire today and into the North East, completing their 34 miler, day three journey in Bishop Auckland in County Durham.
The team, bring new awareness of the many ways to achieve recovery from substance misuse, had started out in the Northallerton of our North Yorkshire Horizons drug and alcohol recovery service.
Isabelle Grear of Forward Leeds is doing the ride. She said: "It's day three but I’m loving the bike ride so far, it’s been great to find out about the range of roles and services humankind have amongst their alcohol and drugs services along the way. The worst parts so far have been the cobbled towpaths, the rain and the stiff legs. It’s been a real challenge but definitely worth it for the money we are raising for our service users."
Mark Vidgen, Humankind Assistant Director said: “North Yorkshire Horizons wish all the very best to everyone taking part in the Ride for Recovery, raising money and awareness to improve the lives of our service users who we support on a daily basis.
“The local staff team in Northallerton welcomed the avid cyclists when they visited the hub on Thursday 5 September, and we wished them well as they set off to Middlesbrough for the UK Recovery Walk.”
The group is riding over 150 miles from Manchester to Middlesbrough for the start of the UK Recovery Walk..
On the final morning of the ride, 7th September, the cyclists are set to ride from Bishop Auckland to Centre Square, Middlesbrough where the UK Recovery Walk will begin and end.
The sponsorship funds raised by the riders will go towards Humankind’s Service User Fund. The fund is a pot of money for items or activities that will enrich or improve an individual’s or family’s life. That could mean clothes for a job interview or assisting with college equipment and in some cases essential goods for a new home. It can also cover group travel to galleries or museums or fund an important service user event.
You can sponsor the team online at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ride-for-recovery-team
This year will be the 11th UK Recovery Walk. Every year thousands of people in recovery, their families and friends gather together to celebrate and advocate for recovery. As well as individuals a number of projects and services will be there to celebrate their successes and recovery itself. This will include representation from all of Humankind’s drug and alcohol services.