“Problem child” peddles Britain for mental health

25 Jun 2019
by Victoria Harrison

In recent years Belper-based Daniel Vardy (33) has experienced sofa-surfing, self-medicated and struggled with his mental health. This year to show strength, raise funds and awareness he is challenging himself more than ever before by cycling 900 miles from John O Groats to Land’s End for local homelessness charity Framework and Rethink mental health charity.

Fundraiser Daniel Vardy said:

“I've struggled with my mental health from a young age. At the age of 12 I was diagnosed with ADHD. This all led to me seeing doctors, councillors, having brain scans, and being medicated. I was instantly branded by teachers as a problem child, and since the day I was diagnosed school became hell. I left school with bad grades and no vision of a future, or a career.

 “My mental health took a serious downturn and in successive years this lead to drinking, drug-use and surfing from one sofa to the next. I've been in so many bad places but I always had my family and friends to fall back on. I can't imagine what I would have done without my family. I know things could have been so much worse without their support.

 You can read Daniel’s full story here: https://tinyurl.com/Danbikes

“Now a lot of my troubles are behind me so it’s time for me to reach out to others who have struggles with mental health and homelessness.”

Daniel now works and lives in Derbyshire with fiancé Abi Reece (28), son Hendrix (18 months) and puppy Roscoe who will be following this gruelling challenge from the comfort of a car.

 Framework Giving Manager Tori Harrison has worked closely with the family since 2015 when Abi and Daniel walked 159 miles from Bakewell to Scotland to raise funds for the charity. On hearing about the new challenge Tori said:

“The astonishing efforts that Dan and Abi (and now their family) make for Framework have a really personal motivation and I’m delighted that Dan approached Framework again when starting plans for this really tough challenge. We are a charity with homelessness at its core and a high level people using Framework services struggle with their mental health so we have to be experts in this area and have a number of services that concentrate solely on improving people’s mental wellbeing. We’ll be following the family and encouraging them every step of the way!”

The family will be leaving Belper On September 7th. The challenge starts at John O’ Groats on September 9th and Daniel aims to complete the 900 mile bicycle trip by September 18th 2019. Those who wish to follow their progress can via: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adventuresforhumanity or Instagram: @danieljvardy

Shared donations can be made to the chosen charities Framework and Rethink at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AdventuresforHumanity

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