Why Ride4OCD is Important?
For many people that live with, and most significantly suffer with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), life can be a lonely isolating place. OCD can leave the sufferer totally disabled and at the mercy of their unwanted intrusive thoughts; severely impacting on their work, relationships and careers, which may come as a surprise to many when thinking of OCD.
Yet despite this, one OCD specialist Professor Paul Salkovskis, believes that OCD is a totally unnecessary illness which can be treated. However for the estimated 750,000 people that suffer with OCD here in the UK, accessing such life changing treatment can be incredibly problematic according to OCD sufferer, and founder of the national charity OCD-UK, Ashley Fulwood.
In August (2015) OCD sufferer Ashley Fulwood and OCD specialist Professor Paul Salkovskis, will be joining forces for Ride4OCD, cycling from John o’Groats to Land’s End across different regions of the British Isles to raise awareness about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, whilst fundraising for OCD-UK and offering support opportunities for people with OCD along their route.
1250 miles over 19 consecutive days is no mean feat, by their own admission both Ashley and Paul are carrying a fair bit of excess weight, Professor Salkovskis said “Our slogan for the ride is ‘Anything is possible’, something Ashley and I say to people when they have doubts about whether they can beat their OCD.
“I am constantly impressed by the way people with OCD rise to the challenges necessary to deal with OCD, so I thought I should at the very least meet the challenge this ride poses for a rather unfit non-cyclist!”
Ride4OCD has five principal objectives