After his hardest cycle yet Terry Geddis exceeded his fundraising target raising over £5600 in aid of the Zachary Geddis Break the Silence Trust.
ZGBTST exists as a permanent legacy of Zachary, who at only 20 years of age, took his own life after a long battle with his mental health. Every year since losing Zachary, his father Terry Geddis has completed a mammoth cycling challenge in his memory.
This year Terry took on a route around Ireland lighting a candle in each town he reached in memory of those who have taken their own lives, those bereaved by suicide and/or those suffering with mental health issues.
Though he has completed cycles before, Terry described his Around Ireland Cycle as being the hardest he had ever done.
He started each cycling day at 5am and was on the bike for an average of 8 hours per day. Fatigue set in early, but Terry did not get off the bike, only to buy water after facing some dehydration during his travels.
The weather was also not on his side, but he cycled on, with winds battering rain into his face. Some mornings he would put on his shoes that were still wet from the day before, he describes his reason for carrying on each day was due to thinking of the community supporting him throughout his journey.
Despite this, Terry enjoyed nature along his route, observing reindeer and even spotting a weasel.
He was also joined by long-time friend Andrew Mills on Day 11 and son-in-law Duane Adams on his final cycle day.
Terrys goal was to raise £5,000 for ZGBTST but he smashed this target instead raising an amazing total of over £5,600 in aid of ZGBTST. Although Terry has decided that this cycle will be his last, he stated that a candle will always burn in his home in memory of those gone too soon, those left behind and those suffering.
Find out more on how ZGBTST can help you: www.zacharygeddisbreakthesilencetrust.org