A team made up of staff from Humankind’s services across the country, will be cycling from Manchester to Teesside to highlight the many ways to achieve recovery from substance misuse.
The group will ride over 150 miles from Manchester, across the Pennines, arriving in Middlesbrough for the start of the FAVOR UK Recovery Walk.
They will call in at Humankind-led drug and alcohol recovery service locations all along the journey.
Paul Townsley, Chief Executive Officer of Humankind, will be among the cyclists.
He said: “Humankind is a major sponsor of the Favor UK Recovery Walk this year, which is being held in Middlesbrough. We wanted to show our support for this cause with this Ride for Recovery. Raising money and awareness to improve the lives of our service users will demonstrate that.
“As well as the core team of 15 riders, extra cyclists from our local services as well as people who have used our services in the past, will be joining the ride at the various stages.”
Cyclists set off at 10am from Humankind’s Redbank Supported Accommodation in Manchester. They go via Rochdale, across the Pennines and through Sowerby Bridge arriving at Calderdale Recovery Steps in Halifax around lunchtime.
They then ride on via Oakenshaw and Tong to Leeds, visiting 5 WAYS, the recovery hub for Forward Leeds, the city’s alcohol and drug service.
From 5 WAYS, the team heads North, via Pool in Wharfedale, Killinghall, Fountains Abbey and Ripon before riding on to the Northallerton hub of North Yorkshire Horizons.
From Northallerton, the cyclists ride west of Darlington to Shildon, heading to the County Durham Drug and Alcohol Service hub in Bishop Auckland.
On the morning of the Recovery Walk, the cyclists ride from Bishop Auckland, through Newton Aycliffe to Centre Square Middlesbrough where the walk will begin and end.
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.