Charity Cycle ride to raise £50,000 for The Samaritans and VPS Mental Health Campaigns

The Samaritans Charity Bike ride May 23rd 2021

The VPS Group plan 360-mile cycle event to raise £50,000 for Samar­i­tans and Men­tal Health Campaigns

The VPS Group, Europe’s lead­ing tem­po­rary secu­ri­ty spe­cial­ists, are mak­ing men­tal health ini­tia­tives their top pri­or­i­ty in 2021, and have kicked off their plans by announc­ing that two of their most senior exec­u­tives will cycle 360 miles in just five days to raise mon­ey for Samar­i­tans and their own men­tal health campaigns. 

We are liv­ing through unprece­dent­ed times, the pan­dem­ic has placed addi­tion­al stress on every­one and for some has had a very detri­men­tal effect on their men­tal health” says Lee New­man, Group CEO. We can all see that there are some pos­i­tive signs that we are mov­ing towards a bet­ter future, how­ev­er I remain con­cerned about the pandemic’s longer-term effects, so in addi­tion to invest­ing in our own men­tal health pro­vi­sion, we want­ed to do some­thing more, so decid­ed to take on this fundrais­ing chal­lenge to sup­port Samar­i­tans and their life-sav­ing, sui­cide pre­ven­tion work.”

The Just­Giv­ing page for dona­tions can be found here. #vpscharitybikeride2021

Lee New­man and Dar­ron Cavanagh, Chief Oper­a­tions Offi­cer, form the core cycling team and will be leav­ing Lon­don on May 23rd 2021, with the 360 mile route tak­ing them via Nor­wich to vis­it the Evan­der head office — one of the group’s divi­sion­al busi­ness­es and the UK’s lead­ing provider of glaz­ing and locks ser­vices – before head­ing North, cov­er­ing many gru­elling miles in the Peak Dis­trict to arrive at The VPS Group head office in Chad­der­ton, Man­ches­ter on May 27th.

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

Dar­ron Cavanagh says: We want to drum-up sup­port and raise as much mon­ey as pos­si­ble with the aim of fund­ing 50 Samaritan’s vol­un­teers and our own men­tal health ini­tia­tives. Along the way, we’re call­ing out to our net­work of col­leagues, cus­tomers and sup­pli­ers and ask­ing them to join us on one of the legs of the jour­ney and help sup­port us in this fundrais­ing challenge.” 

Every sev­en sec­onds, Samar­i­tans respond to a call for help. Every year, they spend over one mil­lion hours respond­ing to calls for help, and their cor­po­rate part­ners, of which The VPS Group is now one, help to sup­port their team of 20,000 trained vol­un­teers so they are avail­able to any­one strug­gling to cope 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Lee New­man adds, My wife is a coun­sel­lor, she also works on a vol­un­tary basis as a grief coun­sel­lor and has been an active Samar­i­tan for sev­er­al years, so it is a sub­ject close to our hearts. We have set our tar­get at £50,000 but clear­ly the more we raise the better.”

The VPS Group have already raised near­ly £10,000 from sup­pli­ers and col­leagues who have heard about the event on the grapevine. The organ­is­ers will run a tight Covid-secure oper­a­tion, out­doors, with rid­ers join­ing them through­out the event observ­ing strict social dis­tanc­ing and hygiene measures. 

Dar­ron Cavanagh con­cludes: We hope that the eas­ing of lock­down restric­tions will keep to the government’s recent­ly announced timetable, so that we can safe­ly do this char­i­ty bike ride as planned and raise these much need­ed funds — the out­comes are so important.”

The Just­Giv­ing page for dona­tions can be found here. #vpscharitybikeride2021


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.