Wil Moyle of North Yorkshire Horizons completed his three day, 335 mile virtual Ride for Recovery on 30th September and raised £1105 for the Humankind Service User Fund.
Wil rode his bike on rollers in Skipton for three consecutive days and virtually travelled from Lewisham Primary Care Recovery Service in London to South Tyneside Adult Recovery Service in South Shields all as a part of International Recovery Month.
He said: “I had definite moments of thinking I wouldn’t complete and began thinking of ways to explain why I had let people down. The thing that got me through was all the support I received.
“This was a very tough challenge. Not just on the legs and energy levels but in terms of comfort. Feeling hasn’t returned to my outermost fingers yet. That said the mental challenge was even bigger.
“On Tuesday several of our local service users dropped by and encouraged me, that particularly helped to spur me on. And on the final day, as I approached the last 10 miles, my wife arrived with balloons and I had support cheering me on to the finish.
“I feel proud of having accomplished this challenge but I can’t quite believe how supportive the local community in Skipton was. I had so many people stop to talk to me and offer encouragement for what they felt was a worthy cause.”
Wil cycled for 25 hours and burnt 19,000 calories across the three days of riding. The rollers that Wil’s bike was on a setting to simulate the feel of climbing hills – he effectively cycled up Ben Nevis twice.
His route included “virtually” calling in at a number of Humankind-led drug and alcohol services across the country: Staffordshire Treatment and Recovery Service in Burton, Barnsley Recovery Steps, Forward Leeds, North Yorkshire Horizons in Northallerton, County Durham Drug & Alcohol Service in Bishop Auckland and Humankind’s Head Office in Bowburn.
Wil would like to thank Dave Ferguson Cycles of Skipton who created space outside their shop so Wil could cycle in Skipton town centre. They also supported Wil with food and drink throughout his challenge.
So far Wil raised has raised £750 online with an additional £355 from people passing in the street making donations.
It’s not too late to contribute on Wil’s JustGiving page. All the money raised goes towards the Humankind Service User Fund.
The Humankind Service User Fund supports the people Humankind work with in many different ways. The fund can buy things like a set of smart clothes for somebody to wear in a job interview, or bunk beds for a family who have fled domestic violence. All the funds come from fundraising activities like Wil’s.