Portishead dentist gears up for gruelling challenges to raise money for local charity

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An ambitious dentist from Portishead is gearing up to face two gruelling changes to raise money for a local charity.

Simon Robertson, from The Dental Clinic, will take on a Tough Mudder obstacle course and cycle more than 300 miles as he bids to raise more than £5,000 for a local counselling service. Simon is supporting Vine Counselling Services, which is based in Congresbury. The charity offers professional counselling to help clients deal with bereavement and loss, anxiety, depression, stress and loneliness.

Simon is making the challenges even more difficult by wearing PPE as he tries to navigate obstacles and complete the cycle route. He is running the gauntlet to raise awareness of the service, to provide funding for the charity to support more people and to ensure that people understand that help is available.

The pandemic has caused the demand for services and support to surge at a time when fundraising activities have been suspended. Simon explained that he was eager to do something to raise funds but also to encourage people who are struggling to seek help.

Simon will be matching any funds he raises and is now busy planning for the two challenges that lie ahead. Over the bank holiday weekend in May, he will be cycling around 350 miles. He is aiming to complete King Alfred’s Way in Wessex in three days. In August, he will be donning his work PPE again to tackle the notoriously menacing Tough Mudder assault course, which is 10 miles long and requires competitors to overcome 25 obstacles.

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