Our founders went for a 100-mile cycle ride this Sunday to raise awareness for Vetlife, the mental health charity for vets.
Taking part in the RideLondon-Essex 100 challenge on 29 May 2022 was the culmination of months of training for Lawrance and Craig, who are passionate about raising awareness for their favourite charity – Vetlife.
Vetlife provides emotional, financial and mental health support for everyone in the vet industry, including vet nurses, students and non-clinical staff. They provided a lifeline during the pandemic, with calls to their helpline up 20% in 2020, and are doing crucial work in fighting the wave of burnout and suicide in the vet community. The Vetlife helpline is open 24/7/365–and you can call them about anything that’s bothering you, not just work issues.
RideLondon was also hit by the pandemic, going virtual in 2020-21, but it was back on the road for 2022 with 100,000 riders of all ages and abilities taking part in a range of different mass participation challenges. Craig and Lawrance took on the toughest and most exciting one, a 100-mile ride on traffic-free streets through the heart of London and neighbouring Essex.
Arriving at Parliament Square in Westminster at the eye-watering hour of 6am, the founders got on their bikes at Victoria Embankment and rode through London and the historic Epping Forest all the way into Essex, going from the heart of the city to picturesque small towns and villages like Ongar, Fyfield, the Rodings and Great Dunmow. Then it was back to London via a section of the 2014 Stage Three Tour de France route before crossing the finish line to rapturous applause at Tower Bridge.
Both Lawrance and Craig had an amazing time at the event and are now resting their legs and planning their next challenge!