Upminster man cycles 69 miles to raise money for the Samaritans.

Well done to Upminster man Wayne Beadle-Phelps, who has raised just over a thousand pounds for the Samaritans – and he is not even a Samaritan – yet!

During lockdown, 30 year old Wayne wanted to do something to help keep him fit, so he concentrated on cycling steadily improving his performance and specialising in road racing with a carbon framed “Boardman SLR 8.9” with 22 gears, dropped handle bars and toe straps on the pedals.  He enrolled in the 69 mile “Ride Suffolk” event along with several hundred fellow enthusiasts that took place on Saturday May 30th being waved across the finish line by his wife and two young sons. 

“Many riders took the opportunity to raise sponsorship for a charity of their choice”, explained Wayne, “I chose Samaritans as the money will help support people directly and will have a positive impact”.

Wayne has applied to become a volunteer with Havering Samaritans, based at 107 North Street, Romford. 

Arthur Leathley, Director of Havering Samaritans, said “We are grateful for this money which will help finance the many behind-the-scenes costs that are needed to keep the branches open”.

If you would like to nominate Romford Samaritans as your chosen charity or are considering becoming a volunteer then contact us on: Romford.BranchRecruitment@samaritans.org

For emotional support from the Samaritans please call 116 123 for free 24/7.

Wayne proudly displaying his Samaritan’s shirt outside of Samaritans office.

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