Friends from Chapel St Leonards riding for mental health cause

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Two friends from the Skegness area are set to use pedal power to help raise funds for – and awareness of - mental health care.

Jessica Palmer, 18, of Chapel St Leonards, and Joanne Clappison, 24, of Skegness, are holding a bike ride in support of the mental health charity Mind.

Jessica, a student of health and social care at Lincoln College, and Joanne, who works in the nursery at Butlin’s, will cover the 23 miles from Ottringham to Barton upon Humber on August 6.

Jessica said: “We believe that mental health is very unknown to a lot of people in our society, as it is considered not as ‘important’ as physical health. But just because you cannot see the pain, doesn’t mean that it is any less important.

“We feel that it would be so rewarding and heartwarming knowing that each mile we ride, and each penny that we earn could be saving someone’s life.

“I don’t think many people are aware of the impact mental health can really have on an individual’s daily life, so we are both hoping that our fundraising event will help to boost a bigger awareness to this.”

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/joanne-clappison1