Just £25,000 and several hundred miles to go!

Samaritans Chairty Bike ride

VPS Group’s Char­i­ty Cycle ride reach­es half-way tar­get for men­tal health campaigns

This Sun­day, Dar­ron Cavanagh, chief oper­at­ing offi­cer at The VPS Group, and Lee New­man, their CEO, will climb onto their sad­dles and start ped­al­ing on their five-day cycling marathon around the UK to the Group’s main offices. From Lon­don to Man­ches­ter, via Nor­wich, they are hop­ing to raise £50,000 for Samar­i­tans and oth­er men­tal health initiatives. 

This week they achieved the half-way stage with £25,000 already donat­ed by friends, col­leagues, sup­pli­ers and the gen­er­al pub­lic. (to help them reach the fin­ish­ing line with what­ev­er can be spared vis­it the Just­Giv­ing page for dona­tions here — just​giv​ing​.com/​c​r​o​w​d​f​u​n​d​i​n​g​/​v​p​s​c​h​a​r​i​t​y​b​i​k​e​r​i​d​e2021)

We’re incred­i­bly grate­ful for all the sup­port we’ve received to date.” says Dar­ron. When it looked like we were com­ing out of the first lock­down last year, myself and Lee dis­cussed the idea of doing some­thing to raise mon­ey for char­i­ty. Lock­downs have been par­tic­u­lar­ly tough for people’s men­tal health, so we decid­ed on a bike ride to raise mon­ey for Samar­i­tans and oth­er cam­paigns to sup­port men­tal health and wellbeing.”

In the UK, sui­cide is the biggest killer of men under 50 and young peo­ple aged 20 – 34. With­in the con­struc­tion, secu­ri­ty, and facil­i­ties man­age­ment sec­tors, three of the key sec­tors the VPS Group work in, there are some of the high­est risk occu­pa­tions sus­cep­ti­ble to stress. 

Dar­ron adds: This week is Men­tal Health Aware­ness week, so it is a good moment to encour­age peo­ple to sup­port oth­ers, to talk to oth­ers, and shift the stig­ma away.” 

The VPS Group, Europe’s lead­ing tem­po­rary secu­ri­ty spe­cial­ists, have made men­tal health ini­tia­tives their top pri­or­i­ty in 2021

Being able to invest in a pro­gramme that helps peo­ple and rais­es aware­ness is real­ly excit­ing.” says Lee New­man, Group CEO. My wife Sophie is a Samar­i­tan and the num­ber of peo­ple that ring through to Samar­i­tans every day is aston­ish­ing. There is a call every sev­en sec­onds. Any­thing we can do to help that organ­i­sa­tion, and ulti­mate­ly help the men­tal health of our nation, has to be a good thing.” 

A num­ber of guest cyclists, includ­ing Paul Lewis, sub­sidiary com­pa­ny Evander’s Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, will be join­ing the cycling duo to ride sec­tions of the route in sup­port of the group’s fundrais­ing efforts. 


Notes for editors:

VPS #Stronger­To­geth­er Men­tal Health Ini­tia­tives: As well becom­ing a cor­po­rate part­ner with Samar­i­tans, The VPS Group are: 

For finan­cial, phys­i­cal and men­tal well­be­ing sup­port they have also part­nered with MetLife to give all their UK employ­ees access to the MetLife Well­be­ing Hub. The hub offers free and con­fi­den­tial coun­selling, ther­a­py, sup­port, help and assis­tance. There are week­ly guides, resources and tips pro­mot­ed through­out the com­pa­ny, sup­ple­ment­ed by stress aware­ness, time to talk, and men­tal health aware­ness days. Many of these will be shared on its social media plat­forms. The 360-mile char­i­ty bike ride is the lat­est of these ini­tia­tives to raise £50,000 for Samar­i­tans and the devel­op­ment of fur­ther men­tal health sup­port with­in the company. 

The VPS Group is Europe’s lead­ing tem­po­rary secu­ri­ty spe­cial­ist offer­ing an Intel­li­gent Triple Pro­tec­tion propo­si­tion to cus­tomers in a range of sec­tors with a focus on vacant and void res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial prop­er­ties, along­side con­struc­tion site secu­ri­ty. The group is formed of 12 busi­ness­es and employs over 1300 staff across 7 coun­tries in the UK and main­land Europe. Core facil­i­ties man­age­ment and build­ing ser­vices cov­er the vacant, unoc­cu­pied and void prop­er­ty life­cy­cle from an ini­tial risk assess­ment to secu­ri­ty includ­ing guard­ing, mon­i­tor­ing, clear­ing, clean­ing, main­te­nance and prepa­ra­tion. These ser­vices pro­tect prop­er­ties against unau­tho­rised access and a vari­ety of haz­ards such as arson, theft, squat­ting and unau­tho­rised occu­pa­tion. Its sis­ter com­pa­ny, VPS Site Secu­ri­ty spe­cialise in pro­vid­ing secu­ri­ty for con­struc­tion, high­ways, util­i­ties and remote chal­leng­ing sites.

Evan­der is the UK’s lead­ing provider of respon­sive, pre-planned and emer­gency home ser­vices. They work close­ly with the major insur­ance com­pa­nies and facil­i­ty man­agers as well as direct with com­mer­cial prop­er­ties and home­own­ers to pro­vide award-win­ning expert glaz­ing, doors, locks and smart home secu­ri­ty services. 


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For more infor­ma­tion call Bren­da Math­is +44(0)77 222 82 946