Sadly, it was a personal tragedy that led our Estimator Steve to embark on the ride of his life – not only in memory of a great mate but also to raise funds and awareness for a crucial men’s charity.

Driven by a mission to support mental health among men through the charity MANUP? Steve will be heading out on Friday 26th May from Caterham in Surrey and ride for five full days through Winchester, Yeovil, Okehampton and Truro to finally reach Land’s End in Cornwall by Tuesday 30th May!

By embarking on this challenge and sharing his story, Steve hopes that it can help make a difference to many men struggling with mental health issues: “My good mate Aiden tragically took his own life after dealing with some mental health issues and suffering though it all during the COVID pandemic. After not seeing each other properly for well over a year, a group of us all met up in the pub one Friday for the first time after lockdown and everything seemed ‘normal’.

“The following Tuesday I got a call to say that Aiden had taken his own life. I lost one of my best mates that day, he was funny, smart and a true gentleman. It was a massive shock for all of us that knew Aiden. The truth is that no matter how much you think they are ‘fine’, you don’t really know what’s going on in someone’s life, or that they may just need that bit of help behind closed doors.”

Steve will be riding alongside his team mate Darren Wicks, both focussed on the friend they lost throughout the 350-mile challenge. Steve said: “Darren decided to join me on the challenge not only to help me get through it, but to also raise awareness. He works for a scaffold company, which is predominantly male based, and wants everyone to know that the help is out there for anyone who is struggling.”

Needless to say, the entire Soundcraft team is behind Steve all the way! Commercial Director Michael Bishop said: “This is a colossal challenge for Steve, both physically and emotionally – the team is incredibly proud of his dedication and drive to raise awareness and funds that could help save men’s lives – we wish you good luck and steady legs Steve!”

“Yes, I am doing this for Aiden, but also for his family; he left a Mum and three sisters who have all really struggled with their loss,” said Steve. “I know 350 miles might not sound a lot to some, but it’s a massive start for me with the intention to do more in years to come. Any donations you can give would be greatly appreciated, not only by me, but also MANUP? and Aiden’s family”.

Here’s how you can support Steve’s amazing endeavour…

If you would like to help Steve on his quest, please visit his Just Giving page to donate here!

Thank you for reading, sharing and donating – your support means a lot.

MANUP? is a charity committed to changing people’s thoughts, opinions and minds about men and mental health – it’s about men talking to men. Click here to learn more.

Pictured: Soundcraft’s Steve Maslin (right) with his team mate Darren Wicks ready to embark on an epic 350-mile cycle challenge in memory of their great mate Aiden – helping to raise money and mental health awareness among men for the charity MANUP?