Morebus drivers complete mammoth cycle ride in memory of much-loved colleague
3 weeks ago
Morebus drivers Martin Broomfield and Kris Hillman arrived in Bournemouth this weekend - after a gruelling cycle ride in torrential rain from Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in London, to the town’s Vitality Stadium.
The pair took on the feat in aid of mental health charity, Dorset Mind - a cause that is very much close to heart.
“This charity is very special to us because we lost a very good friend and colleague of ours, Rob Douglas, earlier this year - and we wanted to do all we could in his memory to help others who are suffering,” said Martin.
“Rob was a lifelong Arsenal supporter - hence our choice of route. It was 115 miles - the furthest either of us has ridden - and we can definitely feel it now. The weather was awful too - but it was all worth it if we can raise enough money to help this worthwhile local charity.”
Dorset Mind educates, challenges mental health stigma and inequality, and encourages recovery by empowering individuals to develop resilience. Its one-to-one and group support includes counselling, mentoring, support groups, active monitoring and a befriending service. These help people regain social skills and develop confidence. The charity also delivers educational wellbeing programmes for schools and workplaces - and provides volunteer opportunities across all areas of the organisation.
“We all feel Rob’s loss terribly, and we wanted to do something positive in his memory,” added Kris. “All money raised will be used by Dorset Mind to help those who so desperately need the wonderful support the charity provides to people living in our community.”
So far, the pair have raised more than £1300. Morebus will add an extra £300 to the total as part of its commitment to help its team raise money for local charities. For more information, and to donate, please visit: https://justgiving.com/fundraising/krishmartinb