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Horwich Farrelly’s Brad Carr gets in the saddle for solo London-Paris charity bike ride

July, 18, 2017

Horwich Farrelly is wishing HR Advisor, Brad Carr, bonne chance as the 23-year-old prepares to cycle from London to Paris for charity. The epic 294km challenge, in aid of Rethink Mental Illness, has boosted the total amount raised by employees this year to £7,500, putting the firm on course to hit its £15,000 fundraising target.

Having been in training for more than four months, Brad feels he is equipped to take on the three-day challenge which departs from Crystal Palace in the early hours of Thursday 20 July. The route, via Newhaven, Dieppe and Gourney-en-Bray, will require Brad to cycle around eight hours each day and consume a total of 16,000 calories in order to reach the finishing point of the Eiffel Tower by Saturday evening.

Brad Carr preparing to cycle from London to Paris

The London-Paris bike ride is the latest initiative in support of Rethink Mental Illness, selected as the firm’s 2017 charity following an employee vote earlier this year. The charity provides support to around 60,000 people across the UK affected by mental illness by providing expert, accredited advice and information on everything from treatment and care to benefits and employment rights.

To date Brad has raised £1,852 for the cause – believed to be the highest amount raised by one employee for the firm’s charity of the year in its near 50-year history. Other fundraising initiatives for the charity include ‘Gung Ho’ which involved 16 plucky colleagues testing their mettle on the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course last April, and a team entry in the Great Manchester Run in May.

As a result the total amount raised for Rethink Mental Illness this year now stands at £7,500. With future events, including a five a side football tournament with clients, the Cardiff 10k and a ‘liquid lunch’ – where the firm’s Partners volunteer to have wet sponges thrown at them in return for a donation – the firm is confident of hitting its £15,000 target before the end of the year.

Speaking ahead of the event Brad said “I’d not picked up a bicycle since I was about ten years old and while a lot of people talk about how regular exercise can have a positive impact on mental wellbeing I always thought the benefits were exaggerated. However, after just a few months of training not only did I feel much fitter, I also felt I was in clearer frame of mind, more focused and generally happier.

“I hope that by taking part in this challenge not only will I help raise vital funds for Rethink Mental Illness, but also improve awareness of the importance of looking after your mental health.”

Brad Carr preparing to cycle from London to Paris (1)

Rob Barrett, Managing Partner for Horwich Farrelly said: “According to Rethink Mental Illness, each year, a quarter of UK adults experience a mental health issue, such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, schizophrenia or drug or alcohol abuse. This underlines the importance of the work Rethink Mental Illness does and that’s why we were delighted our people voted to support the charity throughout 2017.

“Our colleagues from all our offices have fully embraced the opportunity to take an active part in supporting this worthwhile cause, in a way that’s fun, but that also helps communicate an important message. We wish Brad the best of luck on this extraordinary challenge.”

Emma Malcolm from Rethink Mental Illness added, “We’d like to thank Brad and Horwich Farrelly for their fantastic support. The money they raise will help us support thousands of people across the country who are affected by mental illness.

“Getting involved in fun physical challenges, at all levels, is a great way to support your physical and mental health.”

If you would like to sponsor Brad please visit his JustGiving page.

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