Officer gets on her bike for mental health fundraisers
published on 31 May 2021
A Salvation Army officer in Peterborough is getting on her bike in June to raise money for two new projects to help people struggling with mental ill health.
Major Lorraine Chaundy, who leads the Salvation Army church on Bourges Boulevard with her husband, will be cycling 250 miles by the end of the month to raise funds to start a gardening club and craft club based at the church. Once set up, 'social prescribers' based at GP surgeries will be able to refer patients in the city to the new groups.
Lorraine, a beginner cyclist, will also be using the challenge to get fit and says it will be very good for her own wellbeing.
She explained: “I started cycling in lockdown. I’ve grown in confidence with my husband taking me out and I like that I’m doing something to help me and other people. I’ll do it come rain or shine and deal with my own mental block.”
Lorraine said she’s become more mindful of people’s needs during lockdown and is pleased The Salvation Army can reach out through the new clubs.
She added: “People struggling before are struggling even more now. Being together doing gentle and relaxing activities can help and being outdoors is great for wellbeing.”
To find out more about the challenge and how to donate, click here