A FORMER Sutton man, who lost his father to suicide, is undertaking a bike ride on 1st September to raise funds for a suicide prevention charity.
Chris Clifton, who now lives in Australia, lost his father Andrew, who was also from Sutton, in 2006 and has since suffered bouts of depression himself.
Now he is planning to cycle 750miles (1,200km) from his home town of Tamworth to Bourke to raise money for Lifeline, an Australian suicide prevention charity.
Chris says that he hopes to challenge some of the stigma surrounding mental health issues, as well as raise £6,600 ($10,000) for Lifeline.
He said: “This ride will not only test me physically but I am also relying heavily on my mental strength to get me to Bourke and back.”
The journey will take Chris through various Outback towns in North West, New South Wales and he is aiming to cycle between 90 and 100km per day for 15 days.
He also wants to raise the profile of Lifeline, which is similar to the Samaritans in the UK.
Like its UK counterpart, Lifeline offers a telephone support service and carries out work surrounding mental health.
To sponsor Chris visit http://personalchallenge.gofundraise.com.au/page/bourkeandback. Find out about his challenge visit www.facebook.com/bourkeandback.