Cycle tribute to Paul raises over a thousand pounds for charity

A charity cycle ride in memory of a Southport man, raised more than £1,000 for a mental health charity.

The family and friends of Paul Carapanagiotu jumped on their exercise bikes at Marshside Health Club and rode an impressive 304 miles for CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably).

The distance of 304 miles happens to be the distance it takes to complete a full cycle journey around the island of Kefalonia, which was a happy place for Paul during his life.

Paul’s daughter-in-law, Amy Carapanagiotu, said: “In March 2016, we lost somebody close to our hearts.

“Our challenge was to cycle the distance of the Island of Kefalonia.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t exactly cycle in Kefalonia but we are very grateful to Marshside Health Club for letting us use the facilities at  to cover the mileage!

“We chose Kefalonia as it meant so much to Paul.

“He loved spending time in his second home out there.

“We have shared  many happy times on this beautiful Greek Island, and he often dreamt of retiring on sandy beaches drinking ice cold Mythos!

“Campaign Against Living Miserably is a charity working to help prevent male suicide.

“Through our challenge we hope to raise as much awareness as possible.

“CALM provide a helpline where men can pick up the phone, and talk to trained staff confidentially, and anonymously, seven days a week, from 5pm till midnight.

“We hope that by fundraising for CALM, we are helping to prevent men from suffering in a way which is more common than most of us realise.

“Afterwards, in Paul’s memory, myself and Andy, Paul’s son, staged a balloon release.”