Story

Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.  Here is my story:......

My husband and I were both in the Army, enjoying our careers, newly married and living a great life then in traumatic circumstances I was widowed at the age of 29.  This was without doubt the darkest day of my life.  Over time the grief began to sting less, but the memory of that day and the aftermath that followed in trying to establish a life without him and trying not to feel guilty in moving forward is still sometimes difficult.

Having served in the Army myself I was aware of the Army Benevolent Fund and have attended various fundraisers, it was through them that I found our about the Army Widows Association.

Supported by the ABF the Army Widows Association is a charity run by widows for widows.  This inspirational group of women are non judgmental and have a common understanding, so talking about my experience wasn't taboo and I made instant friends.  I became so passionate about the AWA and the support they give that I became a committee member in 2010.

The AWA are totally reliant on fundraising and donations in order to provide support in many ways to widows and their families. 

I am running this Marathon not only in memory of Steve, but in memory of all those who have tragically lost their lives and for their families left behind, to hopefully be an inspiration to other widows and to let them know that the support is here for them.  This is not an easy task and I am not a natural runner, so I could do two things: let time pass me by or do something amazing and give something back to those who picked me up when I needed it most!

There is only one person running and raising money on Marathon day for the AWA ........ ME !!

So dig deep and donate now, it is quite simply your support that will get me through on the day and your generosity will not go un-noticed.

Please pass this justgiving page onto your family, friends and work colleagues and let others know of my challenge in the hope that they too will donate.  I really would appreciate it.

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Thank you x

Updates 2

Thank you everyone who has donated and left heartwarming motivational messages. I am overwhelmed. Please continue with your generosity, it is brilliant xx

19/04/12 14:20

Off line donations are going well, but still a long way to go!! Please spread the word and pass it on, thank you x

03/04/12 08:46

Raising money for

AWA

AWA

Charity Registration No. 1127921

<p> The Army Widows' Association was formed by a group of Army widows in 2004.It aims to offer support and friendship to those who have sadly lost their husband/wife or recognised partner at any stage of their bereavement through mutual empathy, experiences and by signposting new members to other sources of help at such a difficult time in their lives.<p> <p> The AWA offers its support to all widows bereaved since 1981, death can have been as a result of many reasons: illness, RTA, conflict, suicide, training accidents. We hold an annual weekend and other events where widows can meet up, meet others who are in the same situation as themselves, find out lots of information, raise issues and are developing a network of smaller Regional meetings to improve our support.<p>

Donations 93

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Welldone Janine! My donation has gone through this time! xx

Donation by GEMMA STREETING on 05/07/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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From Friends & Family in Salisbury, You're a Star!! Well Done loads of love,

Donation by Christine Gemmell on 10/05/12

£150.00

+ £37.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anonymous on 30/04/12

£5.00

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Hiya Janine , It`s me Liam , you know that idle bloke from work . Well done I`m well impressed xx

Donation by liam touhey on 26/04/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Well Done!!

Donation by Raqual Harper-Titchener on 25/04/12

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

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Well done, chick... x

Donation by Steve Hancock on 24/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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janine...an inspiration. well done xxxxx

Donation by sally-anne brand on 24/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Janine a few more pounds to a well deserved charity! Well done, you are an inspiration to me and many more! X

Donation by Suzanne Jeakins on 23/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Hope it all went well x

Donation by Jillian McLachlan on 22/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Well done. Hope you raise your amount. Wishing you luck for the future.

Donation by Anonymous on 22/04/12

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Good luck today Janine! xxx

Donation by Becky and Jules on 22/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good luck Janine, hope the weather stays fine for you, AWA - a very worthy cause and I am glad to help. Thanks for making this effort!

Donation by Janet Tweedy on 22/04/12

£20.00

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So very proud of you for doing this what an inspiration you are to us all and hope today goes well for you. Love The Lambs x

Donation by Vanessa Lamb on 22/04/12

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anonymous on 22/04/12

£10.00

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Best of luck on Sunday my friend. I know you will do it - I remember when you did it on a diet of wine and vodka!!!!

Donation by Lorraine Dickson on 21/04/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Good luck for Sunday, I will be thinking of you. Enjoy + be proud - you have done fantastic with what you have raised, I hope you reach your target x

Donation by Gail Booker on 21/04/12

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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HI Janine Hope you have a great day and good luck for hitting your target time. Emma and Keith

Donation by emma nickson on 21/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good Luck, we will be thinking of you, lots a luv, Becky, Chloe and Clare xxxx

Donation by Rebecca Balmer on 20/04/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Best of luck for Sunday Stinky, we'll be thinking of you on your way round. So proud of you, love you loads. Enjoy the day xxxx

Donation by Tonia Bailey on 20/04/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Good luck with your run, spotted you in the derbyshire times, our daughters go to school together.

Donation by angela zailac on 20/04/12

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Love u BFF.xxxx

Donation by Jacqui Witherick on 20/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Still love you,good luck with the run,xxxxx

Donation by Jacqui Witherick on 20/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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In memory of a wonderful chap who I only met briefly when he was best man at my son's wedding Why do they alwys take the good ones? Good Luck Janine

Donation by CHRISTINE CHAPLIN on 20/04/12

£10.00

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Xxxxx xxxxxx

Donation by Jacqui Witherick on 19/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Vaseline,nipples,thighs!!!!!

Donation by Jacqui Witherick on 19/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,841.00
  • Offline donations£282.00
  • Text donations£152.00
  • Total raised£2,275.00
  • Gift Aid£390.25

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