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Charity cycle to raise awareness of suicide

For the fifth year running, Wirral will play host to a suicide prevention bike ride, taking place in the week of World Suicide Prevention Day.

Organised each year by Spider Project CIC, an abstinence-based recovery project based in Birkenhead, the event invites residents to cycle the peninsula, raising awareness of suicide and mental health, in the borough and nationally.
Mel Bowen, Creative Director at Spider Project, said: “We have held this event each September for the last five years, as close to World Suicide Prevention Day as we can. Last year’s ride saw well over 80 people get involved – so we’re glad of the support from the local community.”

The ride will take place on Sunday 15th September, meeting to register at 9.30am at Woodside Ferry Terminal, before setting off in the direction of New Brighton at 10am. The event will raise funds for Papyrus, a charity supporting the prevention of suicide in young people.

Mel continued: “If you’re able to join in or donate, that’s fantastic. If funds are tight at the minute but you want to join us anyway, all are welcome. It’s really about raising awareness and getting people talking about the issue and if we can raise a few quid along the way, then that's great too.”

Supported by Spider staff, volunteers and members, organisers want to make clear that the ride is most definitely not a race and riders are invited to do as much or as little of the course as they feel comfortable with.

Mel continued: “Many people surprise themselves and manage to complete the course in relatively good time and health - fingers crossed no injuries or problems yet! The beauty of the ride is that you are never really that far from a train station so if you've had enough you can jump out of the saddle and hop on the train.”

The event has been supported in recent years by national group Cycling UK, who have assisted with stewarding and ride leadership, as well as offering various cycle training initiatives to the charity such as Bike Maintenance and other courses. Cycling UK will once again be attending and supporting this year's ride.

The circular route will travel around the Wirral peninsula, cycling from Woodside through Seacombe, New Brighton, Hoylake, West Kirby, The Wirral Way, Parkgate, Hooton, Bromborough, New Ferry before finishing up in Woodside again.

To read more about the ride, donate to the cause or share to spread the message, click here.

The entrance fee is not required, but if you are willing or able to donated, Spider have allocated a suggested fee of £5.

You can also contact Spider Project directly with any questions about the cycle on 0151 647 772.

Looking for support?

- In an emergency, always dial 999.

- In a non-emergency, you can call 111 or, if you’re under 18, dial the CAMHS Central Advice and Duty Line 0151 488 8453.

- The following advice lines and opening times may also be of use:

  • Samaritans, open 24/7: 116 123.
  • CALM helpline (support for men), 5pm – midnight every day: 0800 58 58 58.
  • Silver Line (support for older people), open 24/7: 0800 470 8090.
  • Anxiety UK Helpline, weekdays 9.30am - 5.30pm: 0344 477 5774.
  • Papyrus (specialist organisation for preventing Young People's suicide), weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm: 0800 068 4141.
  • For support following suicide by a loved one, visit