Wednesday, April 14, 2021

For Ben; One Year on, The road to Bangkok (and back)

French Village Diaries For Ben; One Year on The Road to Bangkok
#ForBen The Road to Bangkok


Today is the day we should have been heading south east to the Correze for a few days away to celebrate our wedding anniversary this weekend. Thanks to current restrictions, the furthest we got was twenty kilometres to the nearest Lidl for the weekly shop. The fields of bright yellow colza, the blossom in the apple orchards and the wisteria dripping from stone cottages, certainly brightened up the drive, but left me wondering what sights and colours we’d have seen on our way to the Correze.

 

Instead of the routes Adrian had planned for us while away, our cycling will have to stay closer to home, but for the next fortnight it’s the kilometres that will count, not where we go.

 

Last April we lost our nephew Ben, and in his memory, we took part in a virtual challenge with teams logging their kilometres as they covered the distance from Loughborough in the UK to Istanbul in Turkey, and back again. This event reached thousands of people and raised over £30,000 for mental health charities working towards suicide prevention in young people.

 


French Village Diaries For Ben; One Year on The Road to Bangkok
#ForBen The Road to Bangkok


This year, Ben’s squadron friends and family set their virtual sights on Bangkok and walkers and runners have been logging the kilometres since Ben’s birthday on 2nd April. They are now halfway there and have opened up the challenge to cyclists too, in the hope we can get them there and back again before 27th April, the first anniversary of Ben’s death.

 

There are no teams this year, just a link to log your activity, on foot or two wheels. If you’d like to join us, here is the link to use.

 

To check on the progress of the challenge, click here.

 

To read more about the challenge and follow the regular updates, see the For Ben Facebook page here.

 

Finally, here is the link to the Virgin Money page, which has already got a total of almost £5,000 which will be split between Papyrus, Shout and CALM.



French Village Diaries For Ben; One Year on The Road to Bangkok
#ForBen The Road to Bangkok

 

We are living in extraordinary times that have put a lot of pressure and stress on us all. Mental health issues, now more than ever, need to be talked about and addressed, not ignored or stigmatised.

2 comments:

  1. I am so sorry about your nephew Ben. You're right -- these times have really upped the ante on mental health. Here in the states we are seeing more and more television commercials and news articles or features about mental health. We have danced close to that issue in our family -- so far, crisis averted, but you always worry. Best of luck with your challenge.

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  2. It's amazing that so many people are working together to help you remember Ben and make sure other people don't lose those that they love. Keep it up!

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