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Art teacher takes on 300-mile mental health charity cycle challenge

September 27, 2022

Art teacher Mark Kellett with his bike

Mental health awareness is the aim for a HSDC art teacher on a mission to cycle 300 miles in September.

A Level Fine Art lecturer Mark Kellett has taken up a huge challenge to raise awareness and funds for mental health charity Mind this month, with a particular focus on men’s mental health.

Mark’s challenge is one of many across the country this September, as Mind is encouraging its supporters to cycle 300 miles – the equivalent of the distance from London to Amsterdam.

Mark, who is also a professional artist, said:

“Talking from experience, I feel it’s important to remove the stigma and negativity surrounding phrases like ‘man up’ for example.

“Not taking care of yourself and closing off from friends and family can have detrimental effects on your mental health. 

“Along with art and music, I have discovered over recent years that cycling has helped me find the space and time to lose myself and clear my head.

“So much so, I sold my car and I ride on average 22 miles a day to HSDC Havant from Fareham. 

“Come rain or shine I’ve pushed myself to do as many miles as possible this month and any donations would be gratefully received during these hard times!”

Visit to donate to Mark’s fundraising total – and head to our course finder to learn more about studying Art courses at HSDC.