Rosie Wilkinson raised over £500 for Lancashire Mind by cycling 30 miles to give back to the charity that supported her when she was struggling.
During her life, Rosie has been badly affected by anxiety and depression but with the help Mind and other mental health services, she has overcome those problems.
She took on the challenge of cycling 30 miles through the hills of Southport to give back to Lancashire Mind and to help others who are struggling like she has:
“Mental health has played a huge part in my life. Anxiety and depression have meant that I have struggled to survive everyday life. Now I am on the other side I can look back at those times and appreciate how far I have come. Through my hardest times, I have been lucky enough to receive support from Mind and other services.
Rosie was determined to complete the challenge and put the work in to be ready:
“I was quite nervous as I knew it would be more challenging on a mountain and I didn’t want to let people down. I did about 8 miles, 3 times a week to train.”
The strong winds on the day didn’t make the challenge any easier for Rosie but she powered through:
“It got quite tough around 2 hours in as I was cycling uphill up the main road to Southport with the wind blowing me so I had to cycle against the wind. The last few miles were a slight struggle after the battle with the wind.”
The Chorley woman was on a high after finishing the cycle and was overwhelmed seeing how much she had raised:
“I felt amazing after it! I sat smiling all evening as I felt quite proud I’d done something to help people. I was shocked how many people sponsored me and how much I raised, It made me feel quite emotional, loved and supported, to be honest.”
It doesn’t look like this will be the last fundraising challenge Rosie takes on:
“I would as I love cycling! I think the next one could be to climb a mountain or something. I have done tough mudder and a boxing match for charity before so I’m happy to try anything.”
You can still donate here to help Rosie raise as much as possible for Lancashire Mind.