Celebrating Neil’s story on World Mental Health Day

On World Mental Health Day, we wanted to highlight some recent work we did with Yorkshire Bank that we think is worth celebrating.

Over the past four years we’ve been lucky enough to partner with CAA Sports and Yorkshire Bank to produce a range of videos focusing on the Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries.

The Bike Libraries project is without doubt one of the most inspiring projects we have been involved with as a production team, and has one simple goal – to give every child in Yorkshire access to a bike, for free.

Bikes are repaired at Bike Libraries across the county and this summer we went up to Cottingham to meet Neil Porter, who repairs bikes at R-evolution.

Twelve months ago, Neil Porter was, in his own words, in a very low and lonely place, battling with mental health problems.

Through a chance meeting at the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire, Neil got talking to John Marshall, the chief executive of R-evolution, took part in three-month training programme and has stayed on as a volunteer ever since.

Neil believes the chance to thrown himself into a lifelong passion and make a difference may have saved his life.

We were thrilled with how this content turned out and the response it has received on Yorkshire Bank channels since it went live, but even more thrilled to meet Neil and to see how the scheme has changed his life, and allowed him to make a positive impact on the lives of his community as well.