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From home to Rome

From home to Rome
One of our assessment officers is gearing up to cycle from his home in Harlow to Rome in June to raise money for a suicide prevention charity.

Steven Lawrence, an assessment officer in our public protection team aims to cycle almost 1,500 miles through six countries during a month’s annual leave to raise money and awareness about CALM (The Campaign Against Living Miserably) a leading charity that helps to prevent male suicide.

He said: “Male suicide is the single largest killer of men under the age of 45 in Britain and it is a cause that I am passionate about.”

Steven will be cycling alone from Harlow in June where he’ll hop on the ferry to Calais and from there he’ll make his way through France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland before reaching Italy.

Steven said: "It will be the biggest challenge I have ever faced to date, and one I hope to overcome pedal by pedal. I will be cycling a hybrid of the "Via Francigena," an ancient road and pilgrim route running from Britain to Rome.

“Although my reasons for doing so are plentiful; as a direct by-product I feel that the adventure might not only be able to do me some good, but I may be able to help others as I make my way (slowly!) through Europe.”

If you would like to sponsor Steven in his fundraising efforts, visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StevenLawrence8

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