Mansfield counsellor to cycle to Lincoln Cathedral in memory of father-in-law

A Mansfield based counsellor is set to put his pedal power to the test when he takes on a 43 mile bike ride to raise money in memory of his much-loved father-in-law.
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Jason Hanson, who practices his counselling service from a converted garage in his garden, decided to take on the challenge after losing his father-in-law, Barry Duncan to bowel cancer at the age of 71.

He will cycle from Mansfield to Lincoln Cathedral, via Newark on May 23, to raise money for Cancer Research.

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Jason meets up to nine clients per week, in the evenings, and helps them with a range of issues such as depression, anxiety, addiction, relationship problems, self-harm, bereavement, unemployment and personality disorder.

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His time to talk practice was opened in March 2019, after the garage in his garden was converted into a building which houses a place to meet his clients, an office and also self-contained toilets.

Jason said: “My father-in-law was very athletic, and could pass for being ten years younger.

“Even with bowel cancer, he built my practice here, using his skills as a retired joiner.

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“He was so unbelievably talented and devoted to his family, and was an exceptional golfer. He was never frail – he knocked our kitchen through, built the practice in a converted garage, and even built our landscaping wall.

“I wanted to do something for him to honour his memory. I want to do what I can to make things better for other who are going through what he went through.

“Where I am now and what I’m able to do, in large part is because I have this nice practice, which is not something I could have done on my own.

“I owe so much to him, he always helped us out through the years.

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“I’d love people to contribute – not to me, but to make a difference to anyone who is going through cancer and needs support.”