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Inspiring Jaylo to cycle length of Wales for charity who 'saved his life'
Added: 17th Jul 2017

A brave man who just months ago couldn’t step out of his front door is taking on the challenge of a lifetime by cycling the length of Wales.

Jaylo Miles is riding along the Lon Las Cymru route from Anglesey to Cardiff, a distance of around 200 miles, to raise funds and awareness for the mental health charity SANE, after struggling for years with anxiety, PTSD and agoraphobia.

The fundraising champion will be joined on the three-day cycle challenge this month by friends and family as well as strangers inspired by his story.

At his lowest point, Jaylo, who lives in Cardiff, couldn’t leave his house due to panic attacks.

But the father-of-three says his life was saved by SANE’s online Support Forum last year after he reached out for help and a caring woman commented to say he wasn’t alone.

Ever since reading those kind words Jaylo has been busy planning the cycle ride, which will take place from Friday July 28 to Sunday July 30.

He says: “A little over a year ago I started my recovery to fight complexed anxiety, PTSD and agoraphobia by setting myself a challenge of a lifetime to cycle from north to south for mental health.

“My illness was spiralling out of control, I’d lost my motivation, and confidence and things were at an all-time low.

“I couldn’t leave my home. Almost everything was a mental block.

“I just couldn't find a way to overcome simple things in life, things that all others take for granted like school runs and social events.

“I wasn’t scared of anything in particular, I was mainly scared of the possibilities of what was on the other side of the front door.

“The fear was so bad that I had become a prisoner locked away from the world, with my illness fluctuating between sickness and mental exhaustion.

“After a ten year battle and being a regular user of the SANE website at some point somebody on the SANE site saved my life.

“It was time to get up. I refused to fight this on my own. People have supported and encouraged me to go out there and show the world that I am a warrior and a survivor.”

The cycle event, which is called Many Downs, Time To Get Up, has been split into three sections over the three days, with overnight stops at Dolgellau and Builth Wells.

The finish will be at 5.30pm on Sunday July 30 at Hailey Park in Cardiff Bay when Jaylo hopes to pick up more riders.

A support vehicle and medic will be on hand throughout the challenge.

Joanna Christophi, Head of Fundraising and Marketing at SANE, says: “Jaylo is a real inspiration and we are delighted to support him in doing a fantastic job.”

Anybody wanting to participate in the event is asked to email todayistheday280717@gmail.com.

Donations can be made to SANE here.

Follow the progress of the Many Downs, Time To Get Up event on Twitter and Facebook.

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