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Whissendine couple cycled from Shetland Islands to Dover in aid of mental health charity Pepper's in Oakham




A couple has completed a marathon cycle from the Shetland Islands to Dover in aid of a mental health organisation.

Ali and Steve Gorman from Whissendine pushed their pedals for 2,034km to raise funds for Pepper’s in Oakham.

The couple, who both retired from teaching last year, completed the challenge just over two weeks ago after setting off on August 1.

Ali Gorman from Whissendine
Ali Gorman from Whissendine

"Our journey has never been about us," they said.

"As grateful as we are for the amazing support and encouragement we’ve had, it has always been about raising funds for Pepper's, a safe place, and raising awareness of mental health issues.

"Although some days on the bikes were very hard, that is absolutely nothing compared to the daily struggles that many people battle with every day. They are the amazing ones, the brave and incredible people."

Ali and Steve Gorman from Whissendine
Ali and Steve Gorman from Whissendine

The ride was a particular challenge for Ali, who 19 months ago could not get out of bed unaided.

A diagnosis of Anklyosing Spondylitus, inflammatory arthritis of the spine, led to her being put on medication and set exercises. Ali is now more mobile and experiences less pain.

Through the ride, Ali and Steve have raised more than £2,100 for the Rutland-based charity.

"Thank you to the staff and volunteers that run Peppers in Oakham and Melton Mowbray and to the inspirational Judith Wright who founded it," they said.

Ali and Steve Gorman from Whissendine
Ali and Steve Gorman from Whissendine

To donate visit: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/cycleforpeppers.



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