Mind over matter
We’re thrilled to announce that a new BMX team will be on the gate next year. Team Mind has been established by old skool BMXer Andy O’Hare to raise awareness of and all important funds for mental health charity Mind. The team brings together some old faces and new ones, who all share a desire to promote the importance of mental health and the help and support that is available.
Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. When you’re experiencing a mental health problem, supportive and reliable information can change your life. Team Mind will be on hand at races in the south, midlands and north regions as well as a number of nationals – feel free to approach one of our team riders to find out more.
Andy O’Hare said: “I’m thrilled at the support so many have already shown for Team Mind, and who are prepared to put their money where their mouth is. Mind is a hugely important organisation, and I’m really pleased to be able to give something back to them, following the help and support they have given me and hundreds of thousands of other people.”
Vicky Urquhart, Community Fundraising Co-ordinator at Mind, said “We would like to say a huge thank you to Andy and his team riders for raising all important funds for Mind. We’ll be behind Team Mind every step of the way as we know that every penny raised will make a real difference to us and those we support. With the support of our fundraisers we can reach more people, answer more calls and carry on speaking out for everyone affected by mental health problems.”
Team Mind has some excellent riders recruited for 2015, including former Champions and current front-runners. But it’s not the winning that matters for Team Mind! It’s about having fun, destressing and spending some quality time with friends and family. Healthy mind, health body.
There are some very generous sponsors helping to establish the team, ensuring that from day one money is being raised and more funding reaches the charity.
Copper is a communications and PR consultancy run by ex-BMXer John Twitchen, who will also be coming out of retirement to make a few guest appearances for Team Mind in 2015. John said: “Being in a very stressful role, the importance of maintaining a healthy mind and healthy body is critical to me. It can be incredibly challenging. Many more people are affected by these issues than you might think, and what better way to support and promote such an important charity than leading by example.”
Dirtworks is the UK’s most innovative and long-standing track-building firm, and are proud to support #TeamMindBMX in their first season. Founder and ex-pro racer Phil ‘Hudu’ Charnley said: “It’s a subject close to my heart, and greater awareness and openness around the issue is a worthy cause to support”
#TeamMindBMX is also supported by DC Cycles (one of the South’s leading bike stores and trackside at all south regionals), Thrill Bikes (purveyors of premium BMX bikes with innovative technology) and Surf & Turf (suppliers of quality branded instant shelters and gazebos).
Media release – #TeamMindBMX
25 February 2015
Follow #TeamMindBMX on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for news, race reports, and updates from Mind – for better mental health. The team kicks off the summer season this weekend at Gosport.
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Andrew O’Hare (Masters) (South)
Carol Taylor (25+ Ladies Cruiser) (South)
Sarah Jones (17-29 Ladies cruiser) (North)
Mike Baggs (Vets and coming out of retirement!) (South)
Lee Castle (Vets) (Midlands)
John Twitchen (Open Cruiser and coming out of retirement!) (South)
Zac Twitchen (7s and new to the sport) (South)
Chris Kift (Vets) (South)
For more information, or to make a donation via Team Mind, please contact us:
Twitter, Facebook and Instagram: TeamMindBMX
Tag us: #TeamMindBMX
To find out more about Mind, the support they offer and how you can get involved, please visit their website: www.mind.org.uk