There are many reasons to join RAFA Rides. You can do it to challenge yourself. You can do it to connect with the wider RAF community. You can do it to raise money for the cause you love. You can do it for the fun of riding. For Warrant Officer Stevie Joy, taking part in RAFA Rides last year boosted his mental wellbeing and helped him deal with the death of his father, a proud member of the RAF Association who died in 2020 after contracting COVID-19.
“My mental wellbeing really suffered in 2020, despite the amazing support of my family. I was spiralling, full of self-pity, withdrawing from others and not looking after my health. I was mindlessly scrolling through Facebook in the New Year of 2021, when an advert for RAFA Rides caught my eye.
“I realised I needed to take control again and this was the perfect way to get that process started. I signed up there and then. The first time out on my bike felt like flicking a switch – I instantly felt better. As the weeks and months went on, I started connecting with friends again and I had a focus. RAFA Rides was the perfect event, as it involves cycling, which I love, but also feels like I’m doing something for Dad and a cause he loved.”
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