Lutine goes one step further (or 128 miles) to help combat mental health issues

Lutine Member Assistance Programme

Lutine has committed to help combat the increasing number of people suffering with mental health issues, and has just launched a new dedicated Member Assistance Programme (MAP), as an added value benefit, for its Group Life members. This benefit, now provides all Lutine members and their families, facing issues in their home or work life, with 24/7 emotional support, and practical assistance such as telephone and face-to-face counselling. To find out more about MAP, please visit the Lutine’s website.

Furthering their commitment the Lutine Ride4Life team is back with another cycling challenge on Friday 12th July for Mind, Ardonagh Community Trust’s national charity partner. After smashing their 24-hour Paris to London challenge and £5k fundraising target in 2018, the team (together with some new recruits and an even bigger fundraising target) is getting ready to do it all again!

Donate to Mind and he​lp the team smash their target here!

As this year marks Lutine’s 30th anniversary since being established by a consortium of Lloyd’s of London Syndicates, the Ride4Life team will set off from where it all started, their original Newhall Street offices, in Birmingham to London Leadenhall Market, near Lloyd’s.

Last year’s team is joined by other colleagues from across the Group and a few key business and supplier contacts, to help them reach their ambitious £10k fundraising target. The 11 strong Ride4Life team is made up of:

  • Andy Coles, Director – Lutine
  • Gary Bennett, Business Development Underwriter – Lutine
  • Gavin Pumford, Head of Operations – URIS
  • Paul Exton, Head of Broker – URIS
  • Max Burrows, Head of Risk & Compliance – URIS
  • Ian Barclay, MD of Retail Property – URIS
  • Adrian Scott, Underwriting Development Director, Specialty Lines – Geo
  • Paul Longhurst, Broking and Distribution Director – Bishopsgate
  • Matt Green, CEO – IDEX Consulting
  • Louis Hyatt, Group Life & Disability Underwriter – UniLife
  • Damien Natale, Event management company – Allezspotives

With just 35 days to go until the team, set off from Birmingham on their 128 mile cycle ride, tackling hills and altitudes of up to 4300 feet to reach London, we decided to catch up with some of the team to find out why they are taking part and how they are preparing for the challenge ahead.

“I was keen to get involved to help raise money for Mind. Mental health issues are still such a taboo and yet they can affect anyone. I’m a strong supporter of the work Mind are doing to raise awareness and change perceptions.

Fortunately I’m a keen cyclist anyway, so hopefully I won’t need to put in too much extra work! I’m a member of a cycling club and go for a 50 mile ride every Saturday, plus an additional ride mid-week, when I can, and as much indoor cycling as I can fit in.”

Paul Longhurst – Bishopsgate

“Its a fantastic cause and very close to my heart having had a friend who is no longer with us, but would have benefited from Mental Health support. Plus I am keen cyclist and it appears a great excuse to be able to get to combined 2 favourite past times, cycling and a few beers in Leadenhall market!!

I’m mainly trying not to get injured, trying to stop eating & drinking (failing) and praying that there is someone unfitter than me doing the ride!”

Matt Green – Idex Consulting

“As a Business Development Underwriter for Lutine, I’m constantly reminded of the impact of Mental Health issues on individuals, their family and friends; and also the companies they work for. I hope that by raising awareness I can help stop this being a taboo subject – it really is good to talk.

I’m fortunate to have had the opportunity to complete a few longer rides already this year, with a further challenging sportive due in late June as a good test of my progress. A few ‘extended’ commutes into the office over the coming weeks will hopefully keep the middle-aged spread in check as we approach the big day!”

Gary Bennett – Lutine

“I want to help raise awareness about Mental Health and promote exercise as a way to combat physical and mental health issues.

I’m preparing by doing sprint training, a long ride and a steady ride once a week followed by lots of healthy food!

Louis Hyatt – UniLife Group

“I want to support a very worthwhile cause, especially as we’re only just scratching the surface of mental health issues, in particularly amongst men and sports people, so anything that we can do to raise awareness through sport is something I’m keen to support.

I’ve only ever ridden 60miles in one ride, so 128 is a good challenge! I have completed a half iron man in May so hopefully this will give me a foundation, fitness wise, however I probably need to up my cycling in the next few weeks, failing that an electric bike?!!

 Ian Barclay – URIS Group

“Recent fatherhood is playing havoc with the disposable time I once had however I will be doing my very best to ensure that I line up with the lads on the 12th July to take part in this year’s event, following the success of Paris2London, not just for the camaraderie, but to again support Mind, and the fantastic work they continue to do.

I’m preparing with a poor diet, lack of sleep and limited exercise…all the things you would probably associate with a darts player than a cyclist! There’s only so long that I can blame fatherhood for the expanding waistline though, so with over 1 month to go, I’ll be hoping to put some mileage in when the little man finally gives in and gets some sleep.”   

Max Burrows – URIS Group

“It’s a great challenge planned, but more importantly creates support and awareness for a great cause. I’ll be keen to gauge my mental fitness over the next few weeks’ training rides – and promote this to others so they either think about it, or better still – talk about it. I feel it’s a great platform to talk about our health. Although it’s just another day on the journey, it will be much more than that.

Since July last year I’ve kept on riding. I’ve found it really helps my overall fitness – mentally and physically. It’s been tough at times with the British Winter weather but I feel like I’ve got a base fitness to now build on further over the next few weeks.”

Paul Exton – URIS Group


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