Local residents will be cycling in the streets of the Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday the 25th of April to raise funds for charities dealing with extreme mental illness in the borough.
North Kensington currently has the fourth highest number of cases of extreme and enduring mental illness in the whole of the UK. The Right Royal Ride hopes to raise awareness about this, as well fundraise for the local charities working in the area of mental health and other issues.
“We are very aware of brilliant local charities offering amazing and creative services to the people who need it, but most are not necessarily well known by local people.” says Diana Spigelberg, Director of the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation, who is hosting the event along with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. “This is a ride that connects and active lifestyle and mental health, and raises awareness about an important issue.”
The ride will start off at 11am from Holland Park with a bike ride around the borough. The trip will be stopping by Golborne Road Market and Little Wormwood Scrubs Park before heading back to Holland Park for some post ride activities. “This will be a safe way of cycling in the area. Everyone will ride as one big group, so people who are not used to riding on the roads can gain confidence that way.”
The post ride activities will include live entertainment hosted by BBC London’s Jumoke Fashola and performances from Doc Bowling and his Blues Professors, mental illness charity SMART’s band, Alexandra Berglof and Sing to Live choir.
“It will be a light hearted family day with serious message at heart. There are some brilliant charities in our borough and they need support to continue to do the amazing work they are doing.”