27 September 2019
Saddling up for wheelie tough cycling challenge
Two mental health nurses are preparing to cycle over 900 miles
from Gloucestershire to Barcelona to raise money for charity.
Mathew Page and Alan Metherall, Chief Operating Officer and
Deputy Director of Nursing, respectively, from Avon and Wiltshire
Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust, will be joined by Iain
Hatherall, for the challenge which will start on Monday 30th
September from Frampton-on-Severn, Gloucestershire, at 8am.
The duo, who are both mental health nurses, are raising funds
for the Trust's official charity Headlight, which raises money to
fund projects and equipment to enhance the care provided to those
with mental health difficulties at AWP.
The first leg of the journey will take them to the Trust's
Headquarters in Bath, where they will be greeted by colleagues and
supporters. They'll then cycle on to Fountain Way Hospital in
Salisbury, before heading to Portsmouth and on to France, via
Speaking about the challenge, Mathew said: "Eleven years ago,
myself and Alan cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats and we
thought it was about time we set ourselves another challenge. It's
going to be tough cycling over 900 miles in 11 days but the support
from our colleagues along the way is sure to spur us on."
Alan said: "We are both keen cyclists and wanted to do something
to support the Trust's charity whilst challenging ourselves. I'm
always looking for ways to keep fit and healthy and this challenge
will help both my physical and mental health, while raising money
for a great cause."
The ride involves one of the toughest challenges in cycling -
crossing the Pyrenees into Spain.
Headlight Fundraising Manager, Tia Shortall, said: "This is a
really exciting and tough challenge, but both Mathew and Alan are
keen cyclists and I know they can do it. Headlight works to enhance
the services provided by AWP by funding projects and equipment to
enrich our patients' experiences and journey towards recovery. Our
staff are great supporters of the charity and it's great to see two
very senior members of staff take on such a tough challenge to help
The team is hoping to raise £5,000 for Headlight. To sponsor the
team visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mathew-page
You can follow the team's progress on Twitter with the hashtag
Headlight Mental Health Charity is the registered charity of
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust. The
charity works alongside AWP to enhance care and support recovery
for AWP patients. Headquartered in Bath, the charity covers
Wiltshire, Swindon, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East
Somerset, Bristol and North Somerset. To find out more go to