Brave woman cycles around London naked to raise cash for suicide prevention

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A brave woman stripped naked to cycle ten miles around London for charity.

Kerri Barnes has raised more than £8,000 after braving the cold and peddling away on Sunday wearing nothing but underwear for warmth or comfort.

Kerri set out to fundraise for mental health charity Mind having lost a cousin to suicide and seeing the shocking statistics around it.

But the idea of exposing all on a bicycle was not exactly her initial idea.

It was not until her housemate joked a naked bike ride was an option that Kerri decided she would give it a go.

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Speaking to LADbible, Kerri said: "I really wanted to do something this year to shine a light on raising awareness of suicide prevention and to raise some money for Mind – because they've just experienced their biggest increase in calls, since the second lockdown began.

"Unfortunately, a very close relative made a few attempts on their life in the first lockdown and one of my cousins did kill herself about nine years ago.

"So, I wanted to do something and I thought I'd do something a bit ridiculous – then my housemate suggested the naked bike ride."

Kerri has had plenty of backing on social media for the chilly ten mile stunt.

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She said: "I put it out on social media and the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive and supportive.

"I think because everybody seems to have suffered in some way with their mental health this year – I think it's made people very empathetic towards mental health problems."

To prepare for touring London naked in late November, Kerri trained by having cold showers which she has since admitted did not quite compare.

Kerri added: "Bloody hell, it was cold!

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"I had a right sense of humour failure crossing Waterloo bridge and getting hit by the wind. Still though, what an incredible day."

Kerri enlisted the help of a couple of (clothed) friends to cycle around with her – and it's fair to say she turned a few heads.

"It was a lot of fun," Kerri said. "And the reaction from members of the public was brilliant. The roller skaters at Hyde Park came travelling with me for a bit, at Trafalgar Square people were rolling down car windows and cheering me on.

"At Downing Street, a police woman on horseback even threatened a motorcyclist with six points as he took his phone out to take a picture."

Kerri has already raised more than £8,000 of her £10,000 target which you can donate to here.

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