Partners announce great composites charity ride

Fluency Marketing managing director, Gemma Smith, and R-Tech Materials director of composites testing, Geraint Havard, co- hosts of the Material Evolution podcast, will be taking on the challenge of cycling from London to Paris for JEC World in March 2022, whilst raising vital funds for the mental health charity, Mind.

Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone who experiences a mental health problem. They campaign to improve mental health services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

Mind is a charity which both Smith and Havard are passionate about and have supported over previous years. They’re hoping the industry will get behind them and help raise a magnificent £10,000 for the 550km ride which they are hoping to complete over three days, in less than eight weeks’ time!

When asked about the challenge, Smith said: “Mind is a charity that is close to my heart, and I have previously taken part in the London Marathon twice to raise them funds. I have also held many live events to raise funds for the charity, but this is my greatest fundraising goal yet, and I’m excited to take on this challenge. I can’t think of a better person to take on the challenge with and am really pleased Geraint has agreed to tolerate me for three days on a bike, just to help Mind.”

Havard added: “I am delighted to support Gemma on this ride. The longest I have ridden a bike for in the past is probably 2 hours, so to do three days straight riding will be a huge challenge, but one we both relish. I’m not sure how much energy we will have left for JEC once we finish though! I have always felt that we need more mental health support in this country and the covid crisis has only worsened the situation. Because of this, I can’t think of a better charity to do this in aid of than Mind. ”

The Material Evolution duo will appreciate any support you can give, from sharing their efforts on social media, cheering them on along their route or donating.

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