Kristopher’s life changing cycle for Penumbra

There are all sorts of reasons why people take part in fundraising activities for charity. In this article, Spotlight hears from one young supporter about his own mental health journey and the motivation behind his life changing cycle for Penumbra. This is Kristopher’s journey.

My name is Kristopher, I’m 20 years old, and born and raised in the granite city. I am attempting to cycle the distance of Britain (874 miles) in 15 days to raise money for the mental health charity, Penumbra. Also to raise awareness to the subject of mental health as a whole.

My mental health has always been something I’ve struggled with ever since I was young but it has came to be extremely challenging for me the past five years. I have a diagnosed borderline personality disorder. This makes most days difficult for me to get through smoothly. After many failed attempts with medication and different talking services, I was referred to Penumbra when I was at one of the lowest times in my life.

I was referred to Penumbra by the police at the beginning of this year after a failed suicide attempt when I had zero motivation to even try and improve my life.

Let me just say the differences using Penumbra’s services have made for me, not many other services I’ve used have hit home like they did. So I want to give something back to them.

Any donation no matter how big or small is extremely appreciated towards the goal. If you have a spare minute please share this.

Thank you, Kristopher, for sharing your inspiring story with Spotlight. 

You can donate to Kristopher’s fundraising page HEREIf  Kristopher has inspired you to fundraise for Penumbra to support our vital work in suicide prevention, you can DONATE TO PENUMBRA  and take part in FUNDRAISING EVENTS. Find out more by emailing our team on 

Fiona Milne is the Communications Officer for Penumbra and can be contacted on