Support our fundraising John O’Groats to Lands End cycle for teenage mental health. 


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This August, Jo and her brother Sam will tandem cycle 874 miles in two weeks from John O’Groats to Lands End to raise funds for the Invictus Trust. In fact they will probably end up at over 1000 miles after visiting each of the Galleries on the way! 

The Invictus Trust is a Cornwall based charity which aims to support and offer services to local teenagers suffering from poor mental health and associated issues. The trust was established by the Cowburn family in 2010 in memory of their son and brother Ben, who took his own life aged just 18 after a short period of mental illness. Led and driven by young people, the trust aims to raise awareness of teenage mental health issues through events, campaigns and social media, and by giving talks in schools about adolescent mental wellbeing.

Crucially, the Trust has been lobbying for a dedicated adolescent mental health unit to be built in Cornwall, as there are currently no facilities for under 18s in the county, meaning young patients are separated from their families and sent as far as Manchester or Kent for treatment. In response to this issue, the Invictus Anchor Fund was set up to offer support to affected families by helping with travel expenses and other costs. After six year of campaigning by the Invictus Trust, the NHS have been granted £5 million to build an innovative mental health unit right here in Cornwall that aims to be the first in the country specifically designed to care for 13 to 25-year-olds. The Invictus Trust are currently working hard to make it truly fit for purpose, and as part of their fundraising efforts, they have attracted the support of Jo and her brother Sam. From 3rd to 17th August, Jo and Sam will be cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End, raising awareness of teenage mental health issues and heading up a drive to raise £3000 additional funds for the Invictus Trust and its Cornwall based projects.

Jo says: “I have been directly involved with teenagers with mental health issues, which is how the Invictus Trust and its brilliant work came to my attention. In addition, Sam and I both have teenage children of our own, and like all parents we are aware of the importance of good mental health at this age, and throughout adulthood. We are pleased to be able to support the Invictus Trust, and are really looking forward to the challenge, and to raising essential funds for adolescent mental health support in Cornwall”.

The event is being sponsored by Cornwall’s Clive Mitchell cycles, who have donated expert cycling kit and equipment, and by Elixir Health Foods of Wadebridge, who have supplied a perfectly balanced nutrition plan that will help Jo and Sam achieve the 5000 calories a day they will each require to meet their energy needs.

Please support us You can support Jo and Sam’s John O’Groats to Lands End tandem cycle for the Invictus Trust by buying raffle tickets at any of Jo Downs Handmade Glass Galleries from mid July, and by donating online at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JoandSamDowns. You can also support the Invictus Trust directly by donating, or by purchasing Invictus T Shirts and bracelets at www.invictustrust.co.uk. Every penny raised goes directly to Invictus Trust projects.

Follow the run up and actual journey on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds fom early June using #JDJOGLE

6 Weeks to Go! - Big thank you to all the team at Clive Mitchell Cycles at Summercourt for servicing the 20 year old tandem and sorting Jo and Sam out with properly fitting saddles! The wealth of knowledge and experience of the staff have already helped with training and planning for the epic journey.  


17 Days to GO!! Training well underway although a little tough in places...


14 Days to Go! Sam has very bravely offered to get his legs waxed if we reach the £500 mark by Friday 26th July. Although a keen cyclist this is not something he's done before so doesn't know what he's letting himself in for!! Help us reach the target and we promise to share the photographic proof!



 6 Days to Go! Sam may now be thinking he shouldn't have offered to have his legs waxed.


DAY 1 And they're off. GOOD LUCK! If you would like to donate to the fundraising for Invictus Trust please click here.


DAY 2 click here to see how day 2 went with a stop off for lunch at the Glenmorangie Distillery in Tain.


DAY 3 This is the longest leg yet with steep hills but a scenic route beside Loch Ness. See more pics and video at https://www.relive.cc/view/r10007167754


DAY 4 Just left the beautiful Fort William for the next 96.4km stretch through stunning scenery. Destination Arrochar.


DAY 5  Travelling to Lanark through Glasgow, only 113km!! and some steep climbs at the end.

DAY 6 130km from Lanark to Carlisle via Gretna Green. Back in England and hoping we avoid the worst of the upcoming storms. https://www.relive.cc/view/r10007235112


Day 7 Very wet and very windy, could be a tough one but determined to keep going until we reach Lancaster. https://www.relive.cc/view/r10007266863


DAY 8 105km Lancaster to Frodsham, wet and windy again with gales expected, great weather for cycling!


DAY 9 113km Frodsham to Walsall, ably assisted by our back up team including Izzie. For more highlights take a look here https://www.relive.cc/view/r10007327829


DAY 10 over 100km from Walsall to Gloucester, watch the video highlights.

 DAY 11  Gloucester to Cheddar and 106km of cycling, followed by a well deserved Spa break for aching muscles.


DAY 12 Aiming for 117km today and getting closer to Cornwall. Weston Super Mare to Cheriton Bishop.


DAY 13 Heading from Devon back into Cornwall with a pit stop at the Launceston and Tintagel Galleries.


DAY 14 The penultimate day and what awful weather. Vising our sponsors Elixir Health and Clive Mitchell Cycles today along with Padstow, St Ives and Fowey Galleries ready for the final push tomorrow. The tandem is getting some tlc.


FINAL DAY!!  They made it!!!!!!!!!!!


Listen to Jo and Sam on BBC Radio Cornwall with Debbie McCrory as they recount the trials and tribulations of their epic journey from John O' Groats to Lands End. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07jb707 their interview is 1hour 37 minutes into the programme.