Jack gets on his bike for charity fundraiser

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A big-hearted 14 year-old schoolboy has completed a six-mile charity bike ride in aid of charity.

Jack Willox, a pupil of Peterhead Academy, undertook the bike ride in aid of COMPANIONS Befriending Scheme, a project of Mental health Aberdeen, and raised a magnificent £310 from his efforts.

Mental Health Aberdeen is a local charity that provides a range of support services across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire for anyone affected by mental health issues.

The organisation also educates the public about mental health issues and promotes positive mental health and wellbeing.

The scheme works with volunteers who support local people with mental health problems.

COMPANIONS encourages them to lead a fuller happier social life and make use of community facilities.

Getting out, making friends, enjoying activities and sports, attending college classes are all part of recovery but can be difficult especially when faced with the stigma which is so often attached to mental illness.

Jack, whose uncle, Bruce Lawson, is the administrator of COMPANIONS told the Buchanie: “The ride was fun and took me 50 minutes”.

This is Jack’s second fundraising activity for COMPANIONS having already completed a six-mile sponsored walk.

COMPANIONS manager, Flora Todd, said: “We would like to thank Jack for his enthusiasm and continued support and hope he enjoyed the day.

“Thanks also to everyone who sponsored him and also to Bruce who supported him.

Befriending offers supportive, reliable relationships through volunteers to help people who would otherwise be socially isolated. Volunteer befrienders help by providing a listening ear and companionship. Befriending can play an important part in recovery, leading to increased self-esteem and self confidence.”

For information on volunteering contact Flora Todd 01779 470122 or Jean Pryde on 01261 818330.