We are cycling from Taunton to Lands End to raise money for our community interest company Fortitude Wellbeing CIC.
Why you may ask?
Olly hates cycling, Laura hates people moaning about hating cycling. What better was to raise money than by doing something genuinely uncomfortable for both of us. It's no holiday that's for sure!
Where are you going?
Taunton is where we live, it's literally the centre of our little world and where we plan on supporting the most people through our various wellbeing projects. It makes sense then that this would be the start of our journey. Where else do you go on an adventure like this, other than the end of the world, which in Westcountry terms is Lands End!
When are you planning?
7th to 11th July 2021
What will the money be used for?
The money will be used for a number of purposes.
Cold Water Swimming in Taunton £3,000 will fund our 7 day cold immersion course for 60 people in Somerset. Early feedback has shown that there is a tangible mental wellbeing benefit from this short course, as well as providing a peer support group in the process. Those swimmers who have already participated in the programme continue to swim and feel the benefits so this money will help reach and benefit many more people.
Surf course development £2,000 of the money will be used to pilot our surf project where we will be facilitating regular surf trips for our landlocked Somerset residents. This course will include sessions on environmental impact and education on protecting our beaches and coastline.
Extending our reach A further £1,500 will be used to extend our cold water immersion programme to the coast and provide sea swimming to improve mental wellbeing.
Protecting our future £3,500 will be used to support the sustainability of Fortitude Wellbeing and will be used to re-launch Amamaya Clothing, the profit from the sale of all clothing will be used to fund all of our future projects.
We all struggle with mental health, Covid has made life trickier than ever and everyone has been affected in one way of another.
Laura is a long term cold water swimmer and and huge advocate on the benefits of spending time in nature. She is an Open Water Lifeguard, First Aider, Mental Health First Aider and NWSMP Level 1 & 2 Qualified (National Water Safety Management Programme)
Olly is Psychology Graduate with a PhD in Health and a Researcher with a particular interest in mental wellbeing, First Aider, Mental Health First Aider and recent cold water convert.
We are working hard to ensure the future longevity of our programmes and to ensure they reach as many people as possible. That isn't possible without your support. If you have suffered with your mental health over the years or know someone who has then please consider supporting us with a simple donation of by purchasing one of our gifts and by sharing our campaign as far and as wide as possible. We are going to be doing a number of smaller challenges along the way so make sure you follow our journey!