John Hewitt, Chairman of the Glazerite UK Group Ltd, is just weeks away from a 1,000 mile cycle ride in memory of his late daughter Kelly.
The challenge, nicknamed Kelly’s Heroes, will see a 12-strong team of amateur cyclists take part in a mammoth ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End, pedalling off on 16th August.
Some of Glazerite’s customers and good friends of John will be joining him for the ride, including Pete Mew of West Midlands-based Mews Windows and Glyn Pepper of Snowdon Homes. The team are hoping to raise £50,000 for the charity We Mind & Kelly Matters, which John set up to honour his 24-year-old daughter following her passing in 2018.
John says: “Kelly had fought a battle with anxiety and depression in the months leading up to her death. After she took her own life, we wanted to do all we could in her memory to raise awareness of mental health and support other charities like MIND.
“We hope that our bike ride can raise awareness of the battles people face on a daily basis, as well as illustrate the help and guidance on offer to help support those who are struggling.”
John, Pete and the rest of the team have been training for the challenge since last autumn, with a mix of indoor and road cycling. Much of the team’s training this year coincided with the UK-wide ‘lockdown’, which meant finding new ways to train together virtually using indoor cycling equipment and catching up over What’s App for cycling sessions. In the process, John has lost nearly three stone.
John adds: “We know it’s going to be a tough two weeks but nowhere near as tough as it is for those who face battles with mental health. I’d like to thank all the installers and suppliers, including VEKA and the Independent Network, for the support they have shown us so far, including sponsorship and donations. The support from the fenestration industry, even in difficult times we’re all currently facing, has been tremendous.”
In support of Kelly’s Heroes, Northampton-based company All Things Management has put together a video montage for use on social media to help raise even more awareness of the cycle ride. Ben Thomas, who was behind the clip, explains: “Mental health is a topic I am passionate about, and when I heard about the battles Kelly went through I wanted to do something to make a difference. John is inspirational, and I’m proud that we played a small part in this to help raise awareness of mental health.”
The team leaves John O’Groats on 16th August 2020 and aims to reach the Cornish landmark within 13 days. To sponsor Kelly’s Heroes, visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/Kellys-Heroes