Former Royal Marine in his 70s on 1,000km Pyrenees Cycle Run, raising over £22,000 for PTSD Charity

After conquering the North Coast 500 cycle run, around the most northerly coastline of Scotland, in October 2020, Jonathan Thomson has set himself a new challenge. In an adventure called Raid ’21, it involves a gruelling ride from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, through the French Pyrenees.

His new odyssey started on September 6th with a warm-up ride of four days, to Luchon. Then Jonathan embarks on the main event, cycling from Argelès-sur-Mer on 13 September, on what he plans to be a journey of eight days, weather and other conditions permitting, covering 1,000km and involving at least 40,000ft of hill climbs.

As with his 2020 journey, his twelve days of mountain cycling this year is dedicated to supporting armed forces’ veterans’ charity PTSD Resolution. Jonathan says:

“Put simply, too many of our veterans, of all ages and some stretching way back, and some of those still serving, suffer the evil effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. This wrecks their lives and deeply affects those of their families and close friends. It is also a major cause of suicide. 

“PTSD Resolution provides really well-developed treatments and runs itself as economically as possible, meaning that a very high percentage of donations raised go directly to fund the treatments. As a rule of thumb, one course of six sessions, which can be life-changing, costs in the region of £750.

“Please help me support PTSD Resolution, and thereby help many men and women who continue to suffer from this condition.”

Why support PTSD Resolution?

  1. Free help for Veterans, Reservists and families suffering from mental health issues
  2. Confidential, no GP referral is needed
  3. Local help through a UK network of 200 therapists, and now online
  4. Effective treatment, mental health issues resolved in an average of six sessions
  5. Prompt, easy access – with the first session booked often in days
  6. Compassionate: clients do not have to talk about events in their past
  7. Cost-effective, £650 per program – available free to the people the charity helps
  8. Transparent: results are confidentially monitored and reported for clinical purposes
  9. No one is turned away: including HM prisoners and those with addiction issues
  10. Cobseo members, working with other Forces’ charities

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