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By Neil Price, Co-Editor

February 22, 2013: A great place to beRiding2Recovery 2013 needs your help.
My name is Graeme Willgress and I live in Hatherleigh. In 2009 I began two journeys. One saw me cycle the entire 4000 mile UK coastline in 2011; and the second in 2012, over 2,200 from Lands End to the Shetland Isles via Ireland's rugged west coast and the Outer Hebrides. Alongside these physical journeys I am rebuilding my life following a major breakdown, the fourth and most serious episode of poor mental health in my adult life.
The purpose of my journeys is to promote better mental health awareness by talking openly to people I meet. I hope that sharing experiences and knowledge of mental health issues will help in the fight to reduce the stigma still associated with mental health conditions. To date, my two journeys have raised over 4,500 for the charities Sustrans and Mind.
I published my first book, Riding2Recovery: a journey within a journey, in March 2012. It has received glowing reviews and I am due to launch the second in the series, Riding2Recovery: all around the ragged edges in March this year.
Having previously funded all my cycle endeavours, I now need your support. Still unable to work, I wish to continue my project and the occupation that it gives me into 2013.
This year I am planning to ride the 100 Cols Tour in France. This 2500 mile route climbs 100 mountain passes in all of France’s alpine areas including the Pyrenees and the Alps. In all it requires over 66 kilometres of vertical height gain and it is described as 'possibly the hardest and most beautiful route in the world'by its Dutch creators.
These trips provide me with the opportunity to build my confidence, rebuild my trust in the world around me, and develop new skills in the search to renew my life. These rides require honesty, commitment, good time management, organisation, and self belief in order to achieve the goals I set myself.
You can support me directly by purchasing my books at www.smashwords.com, attending my event, 'What the cyclist saw next,' at Orchard Cafe, Yarde, on 20/4/13 (other dates to be arranged) or by donating at the following crowd-funding website:
Would you please share this link with your friends, colleagues, and families.
I am also looking to local businesses to support my 3rd Riding2Recovery journey. If you can help, or would like to make a comment, you can contact me at graemewillgress@yahoo.co.uk or by calling me at 01837 810697.
Thanks for your ongoing support, I appreciate it.



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