Wednesday 22 May 2019

Skerries gets on its bike to raise cash for youth mental health

Around Fingal

Floraville Garden in Skerries was a hive of activity on Saturday as Skerries quite literally got on its bike.

Pedalling furiously were locals sponsored for a 24 hour static cycle to raise awareness and money for a youth counselling service in the town.

Five particularly hardy participants were taking on the full 24-hours in the saddle, all inspired by the work of Skerries Youth Support Service, who hosted the event.

JP Browne is one of the leading members of the organisation and he told the Fingal Independent what SYSS and this event was all about.

He said: 'We are a small community, youth-focused group with the very simple aim of helping and supporting the young people of north Fingal who may be experiencing challenges to their mental health.

'We established a youth counselling service, together with our partners in the North Dublin Regional Drugs and Alcohol Task Force back in September of last year and within two weeks we were operating at full capacity which really showed there is a huge demand and there's a lack of these services, serving north Fingal.

'We are hoping because of the demand to increase the service from two days at the moment to maybe three-and-a-half days. It's needed - it's really needed.

We decided to hold this fundraiser to bring the community together and highlight the need fir this increased service in the town.'

A huge crowd turned out to support the event which happened under bright sunshine on Saturday and Sunday.

The service has already helped 40 young people and 25 more are on its waiting list.

The walls of the garden were adorned with art work from Skerries Communty College depicting what mental health means to the students.

If you missed the event you can still contribute on by searching for Skerries Youth Support Services.

Fingal Independent