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Sochel raises 1,556.15 for SANE with 1,200 mile cycle
Added: 12th Aug 2019

Our latest Star Fundraiser cycled the length of Britain for 16 days, collecting more than a pound per mile from friends and family.

Sochel Rogers, from Suffolk, biked from John o’Groats to Land’s End, raising an amazing £1,381.15 in sponsorship.

Such a big task needed large amounts of motivation to complete and this was no problem for Sochel, who explains her personal reasons for undertaking such a challenge.

“Last autumn, my family had a crisis. I received a phone call from my step mum asking me to come home immediately as my dad was suicidal. She had done and said all she could think of. She was exhausted.

“Feeling powerless, I wanted to do something. Something physical, something challenging, something that will help. I dusted off my bike and packed my panniers, and started planning the route from John o’Groats to Land’s End, the furthest north point, and the furthest south point of the UK mainland.“

The 1,200 mile trek was inevitably going to be difficult, but the weather did no favours for Sochel, with rain and headwinds nearly the entire way, except for two days of sunshine.

She says: “Being rained on all the time became almost a meditation, and I surrendered to being constantly soggy. I think it gave me time to process. It definitely helped my fundraising target when my friends and family saw my very soggy videos.”

Sochel was able to meet with her dad, the reason behind the whole challenge, a few days before she finished. They met in a park, and spent the afternoon talking about mental health.

She says: “He is getting better. I am getting happier.”

Our motivated fundraiser completed the challenge in April and the Churchgate Sinfonia, friends of her mother, held a charity concert raising an extra £175.

There are many mental health charities and organisations that are fighting for better mental health care in the UK. Despite this, Sochel says: “I chose SANE because their crisis line is not solely for people experiencing mental health problems, it is for everyone around them who are affected by these problems. Friends, family, support workers. I wish we had known about SANE when dad was unwell.”

We are extremely proud of Sochel for completing her challenge and for working with us to meet the challenge of mental illness. If you’re inspired to join our team of fundraisers, click here.

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