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Cyclist postpones his 5,000 mile fundraising cycle challenge in West Norfolk

A cyclist has had to delay plans to complete his 5000mile charity cycle through West Norfolk after lockdown was announced on Monday night.

Matt Colloy, who lives in Norwich, was planning to cycle 3,500miles through the area, meeting up with supporters to help raise awareness of mental health while raising funds for his chosen charities.

He said: “I’ve done 1,500 of the 5,000 miles and had some time off over Christmas but now lockdown has hit.

Matt Colloy is taking on a 5,000mile charity cycle for mental health charities, he had just the West Norfolk villages to complete (43854666)
Matt Colloy is taking on a 5,000mile charity cycle for mental health charities, he had just the West Norfolk villages to complete (43854666)

“So far I’ve completed two thirds of the villages in Norfolk but I still have West Norfolk to complete, everything west of Swaffham and Wells.

“I’m going to keep cycling locally and then when lockdown lifts I plan to cycle across West Norfolk and I really want to get people in the area involved.”

He is fundraising for Norwich City Community Sports Foundation, Norfolk and Waveney Mind, Sir Norman Lamb Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, Norwich Soup Movement and The 12th Man.

Matt said: “These are all fantastic organisations that are already conducting valuable work around the county.

“I’m a passionate advocate of reducing stigma and facilitating discussion around mental health, wellbeing and inclusivity.

“Having struggled with my own mental health for more than 20 years, I am keenly aware of the vital role that exercise can play in mitigating the effects of depression and anxiety.”

During August, he cycled more than 600 miles and raised over £3,000 for youth mental health in Norfolk. By the end of the month, he had lost more than a stone and noticed a substantial improvement in his mental and physical health.

He said: “ think it’s vital that we strive to make Norfolk a more inclusive, open and understanding place.

“I’m planning to cycle through every single village in Norfolk during my campaign, so if you’d like me to stop for a chat and a cuppa in your village, or if you’d like to ride alongside me one day, please let me know.”

So far Matt has raised £1,211, but with a goal of £25,000, he is calling for support from West Norfolk residents, businesses and community groups.

He said: “I’m particularly interested in speaking with Norfolk-based businesses and companies who might be interested in supporting me as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) offering for 2021.

“Mental health is more important than ever in these troubled times, and I’m super-keen to speak with companies to see if I can help them to look after their employees in exchange for their support with my ride.”

Support Matt by donating: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/5000colo or visit his website for updates and to contact him: www.edidit.co.uk/5000colo

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