The Vamps have partnered with Movember in an epic cycle challenge to raise funds and awareness for men’s health.
James McVey and Brad Simpson will ride approximately 60 miles in one day to help in the fight against suicide and poor mental health in men. The mammoth ride is underpinned by the poignant statistic that we lose 60 men around the world to suicide every hour. And with male mental health a cause close to their hearts, the duo hopes the ride will help start conversations which could ultimately save lives.
Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health on a global scale, focusing on mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
The charity raises funds to deliver innovative, breakthrough research and support programmes that enable men to live happier, healthier and longer lives. Committed to disrupting the status quo, millions have joined the movement, helping fund over 1,250 projects around the world.
In addition to tackling key health issues faced by men, Movember is working to encourage men to stay healthy in all areas of their life, with a focus on men staying socially connected and becoming more open to discussing their health and significant moments in their lives.
Originally, the pair were to be joined by Movember ambassador Nick Frendo, videographer Dean Sherwood, manager Matt Voss as well as Ribble Cycles Ambassador Cameron Jeffers. However, to follow COVID rules, the ride will now be done in pairs.
We all know 2020 has been a rough year and mental health has taken a hammering. We want to do our bit to help guys out there who might be struggling. While raising as much as we can for Movember is the goal, I hope this cycle will also encourage people to reach out to the men in their lives and have those tough conversations because ultimately, talking saves lives.James McVey
Ribble Cycles are proudly supporting the ride, as well as giving away a bike for additional fundraising.
Keen to raise as much for the charity as they can, the group are inviting others to take on the Miles for Movember challenge by safely cycling as far as they see fit, with the goal of 1,000 cumulative miles.
They’re asking anyone who wants to get involved to post a picture of their ride on social media with the hashtag #MilesForMovember and to donate whatever they can to the charity.