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Preston filmmaker documents athlete’s 24-hour bike ride for CALM

Posted on - 6th September, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Health, People, Preston News, Sport, Videos
Benjamin Anthony is the subject of the short film. Pic: Garth Dew/Ride for 24
Benjamin Anthony is the subject of the short film. Pic: Garth Dew/Ride for 24

Preston-based videographer and filmmaker, Garth Dew, has released a short film which documents why his long-time friend, endurance athlete Benjamin Anthony, undertook a gruelling 24-hour indoor bike ride.

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With coronavirus taking its toll on the country, Benjamin knew there would be people suffering from mental health issues and decided to push himself to his physical limit, raising £4,700 for anti-suicide movement, CALM.

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Garth’s poignant film documents Benjamin’s reason to complete the ride while the UK was in lockdown.

It also highlights Benjamin’s plight with mental health issues early in his life following the loss of his sister Noami and his best friend Jason to depression.

The film documents Benjamin's life and charity journey. Pic: Garth Dew/Ride for 24
The film documents Benjamin’s life and charity journey. Pic: Garth Dew/Ride for 24

After returning home from Afghanistan while serving with the Royal Marines, Benjamin, who is originally from Preston, had a motorbike accident which resulted in him learning to walk again and experiencing one of the most challenging times in his life.

Garth said: “I’ve known Ben for a long time, and I was following his 24-hour ride on Instagram.

“It was a story I wanted to tell because I’ve also lost two close friends to depression, so it’s an issue that hits close to home.

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“There’s a lot more awareness around mental health issues these days, but there’s so much more to be done.

“I thought if I could capture Ben’s message in a short film and make sure as many people can see it, it could make a difference to someone out there.

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“It’s a project I’m proud of because it tells an incredibly important story. People who are in a dark place needn’t suffer in silence, you can and should talk to someone.”

Watch the film here. To make a donation, visit Benjamin’s fundraising page.

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