SUPPORTERS of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity are set to literally go the extra mile for Mental Health Awareness Week.
On May 12, the charity has 60 cyclists competing in their three day On Yer Bike event, which covers 210 miles of scenery from Leitrim to Killarney in Ireland.
The charity also has 50 people competing in their 4 Peaks challenge, which takes on the highest mountains in Scotland, England, Wales, and Ireland during a 48-hour window. Participants will scale Ben Nevis (1,345m), Helvellyn in England (950m), Snowdon in Wales (1,085m), and Carrauntoohil in Ireland (1,038m).
Both events were originally planned for 2020, but were cancelled due to the pandemic. As a result, the charity said that anticipation and nerves are at ‘an all time high’ as participants get ready to don cycling hats and walking boots.
Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, said, “Having to reschedule was obviously very disappointing, but the opportunity to hold these events during Mental Health Awareness week was simply too good to miss. All of the participants are from construction and we know that many have very personal motivations as to why they are taking part.
“Some have had their own issues with mental health and sadly, others have even lost friends and colleagues to suicide. This is the ultimate test of both physical and mental stamina and the amount of support that people are receiving is truly amazing.”
Stephen Gallagher, property manager at the Gallagher Group, added, “The Gallagher Group have been big supporters of the Lighthouse Club for many years, so when we discussed the idea, admittedly over a few beers, I had to take part! The Lighthouse Club Charity does a huge amount of work to support our construction workers and we need to make sure that they can continue their important work.
“Taking part during Mental Health Week will be very poignant as so many in the industry are battling with their own mental health journeys. As I cycle, that is what will motivate me and if the sun could shine as well, that would be perfect!”
Logan Price, an assistant site manager with O’Halloran & O’Brien Ltd, who is taking part in the 4 Peaks challenge, commented, “As a result of my own mental health issues, I became motivated to embark on a personal challenge in order to raise money for mental health awareness specifically for those who are working in the construction sector. I know the subject of mental health in construction largely continues to remain an unspoken topic and this needs to change, I’ve had a huge amount of support from everyone, both with my own mental health and in supporting me on this challenge. I’ve been training hard so I’m ready to go!”
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