The Bench Boys

Jonathan Bench and his three sons, Tom, Seb and Hugo, cycled 476 miles from Edinburgh to Somerset in support of YoungMinds!

On 27th May 2017, Jonathan, Tom, Seb and Hugo began a week long cycle across the country. Beginning in Edinburgh, they tackled the unpredictable British weather and overcame numerous grueling hill climbs, to return to their home in Wells, Somerset, raising an incredible £3,570 for our charity.

As a GP I am very aware that I am seeing more distressed young people than ever before and that the resources to support them are inadequate. The boys all have friends or acquaintances that have suffered mental health problems. We wanted to support a charity that helps in a practical sense in the here and now but also looks to influence change for the future. It was great to spend a week together in a shared challenge. Physically it was tough at times but that just added to the sense of achievement. We saw some fantastic scenery but most of all it was about spending time together away from other distractions. We have made some great memories.

Thank you

We cannot thank the Bench Boys enough for their support and incredible efforts. The awareness and funds that they have raised will make a real difference.

Visit The Bench Boys blog to read more about their cycling adventure:

A massive thank you to all of our brilliant fundraisers. 

Get Involved

Fundraising for us is a great way to have fun, raise vital funds and awareness of the importance of young people's mental health and emotional wellbeing.

If you are interested in fundraising for YoungMinds, we would be more than happy to support you in any way that we can.

For more information get in touch by calling on 0207 089 5050 or emailing us at [email protected]

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YoungMinds exists so that young people have the strongest possible voice in improving their mental health. We need your help to make sure that voice is heard.

The amount of times I’d tried to break out of this shell, talk about ‘I’m feeling a bit down’, ‘I’m feeling a bit scared’, I couldn’t do it. And now I can do it openly.
Alex, Youth Activist
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