Brit Aims To Break Youngest Solo Motorcycle Globe Navigation Record In Aid Of Mental Health Charity
Henry Crew, a twenty-two-year-old British lad, set off this morning from the Bike Shed Motorcycle Club in Shoreditch on a Guinness world record breaking attempt for youngest person to circumnavigate the globe solo on a motorcycle.
Henry, who has lost three friends to suicide and has suffered his own battles with mental health, which he spoke about on BBC3 and Metro's Weekly podcast, is doing it all in aid of mental health charity Movember.
He hopes to raise awareness of mental health issues along with £35,000 (£1 for every mile) for the Movember Foundation, which raises funds globally for research and support programs in the areas of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, men’s mental health and suicide prevention.
Speaking on Metro's Weekly Mental Health podcast, Crew said:
‘Self-harm’s been a massive thing within my friendship group. I’ve had friends who’ve had real issues with that. ‘I think we’ve all found different ways to self-harm – whether it develops itself through cutting or abusing alcohol or substances or just generally treating your body like absolute rubbish.’
Henry has talked about how motorcycling has helped with his anxiety and depression.
‘Any time I felt stressed I’d go for a ride,’ he said. ‘When I got into motorbikes and started riding motorbikes it was an escape for me, a distraction and, yeah, like my happy place.’
Henry's globe navigation will take approximately 13 months to complete, starting from today when he set off from the Bike Shed Motorcycle Club in Shoreditch.
To break the world record and name himself the youngest person to complete the journey, Henry will need to return to the UK by Friday, 10 May 2019. His ride of choice is a Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled.
“I have been planning this journey for eight months and can’t think of a better charity partner for this trip than Movember. Not only have they created a great community which has existing connections with motorcycles, but they also fight for causes which are close to my heart - specifically mental health," he said.
"I have had my own struggles with mental health, particularly during my time at university and have also experienced a scary amount of mental health issues within my friendship group.”