Keen cycling councillor Keith Williams from Nine Elms is looking for sponsors to help raise much needed cash for the Swindon Mentoring and Self Help Project (SMASH).
He’s taking part in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain from 12 June to 20 June, covering nearly 1,000 miles from John O‘Groats to Lands End, camping overnight on the way.
Founded ten years ago, SMASH links trained adult volunteers and vulnerable young people in need of practical help and advice on how to cope with life issues, like problems at home, school and with friends.
Lottery funding for the project has run out and it is now surviving on small grants whilst seeking major backers to provide its £200,000 annual running costs.
Project manager Rob Chappell said, “we’re talking with a number of big organisations and our hopes are high. In the meantime any kind of fundraising like Keith’s bike ride is fantastic because they keep us viable.
“In early May we were able to provide 16 young people with a life changing residential weekend paid for entirely out of local fundraising.”
Pictured: Keith with SMASH workers, from left, Debbie Murphy, Julie Mycock, project manager Rob Chappell, Carrie Lewis