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Hello, my name is Simon Whitehouse.

This is my quest to run 175 miles (280km, yep like 7 goddamn marathons one after the other non-stop) from my house in London to my Mum's front door in Stoke-on-Trent, dressed as Rocky Balboa, and arriving on Christmas Eve - ready for a big ol' turkey Christmas dinner home cooked with love by me Mam.

Please, check my progress on the blog I'm writing to document the build-up via this link: www.simonsrockyroad.blogspot.com

Why am I doing this? As little boys watching Rocky with my brother, Stephen, I always dreamt of being Rocky Balboa running up the legendary steps in Philadelphia! Stephen was 40 in April 2013. He had a mental breakdown 20 years ago. I was shocked at Christmas 2012 when realising that this happened so long ago as I've selfishly continued living my life. Mental illness has crushed half his life; and cast a huge shadow over mine.

So, in a flash of weird inspiration, for his birthday I ran 100 miles from New York to Philadelhpia. I suffered hypothermia after approx 65 miles (18 hours non-stop), then a complete mental, physical, emotional shutdown after 78 miles (23 hours non-stop).

But, crying my eyes out at mile 78, on my hands and my knees, every ounce of my mind and body telling me to quit, I stood up.

I stood up.

I kept moving forward, one foot in front of the other and I completed those goddamn 100 miles.

I arrived on Sunday 28th April 2013 - my brother's 40th birthday. It took 29 hours non-stop.

That feat - half thru bright daylight and half thru painful darkness - was a metaphor of our life as brothers. It was my birthday gift to my brother, a chance to raise awareness, and time to realise my dream... You can see the video of it by click here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRoyooiHxNo

 

Now, in the next chapter of Simon's Rocky Road, the aims of this new 175 mile ultra distance challenge are:-

1) To wish me Mam a Merry Christmas

2) To continue to raise awareness of mental health issues, and more money for MIND. I want people to know it's OK not to be OK.

3) To put Stoke-on-Trent on the goddamn map

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If you think this is a crazy mind blowing thing to do, then I'm sure you'll understand why I've chosen a mental charity to raise money for...

Mind is the UK's best known mental illness charity.

Without Mind providing me with the information needed to comprehend what happened to my brother I would not have been educated enough to survive my own experience with mental illness. I suffered depression and was suicidal after my father's tragic and sudden death hit me very hard. I am very lucky to be alive today. I still live alongside depression.

1 in 4 people will suffer from a mental illness.

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the USA.

Yet, mental illness is still such a taboo topic.

Please: help me by becoming more educated and by becoming less judgemental.

PLEASE HELP ME. TOGETHER WE CAN BREAK DOWN THE STIGMA AROUND MENTAL HEALTH.

It's OK not to be OK.

PLEASE SHARE THIS STORY WITH YOUR FRIENDS.

You can see how this journey began by clicking on this link:

http://www.simonsrockyroad.blogspot.it/2013/01/overcoming-fear-taking-untrodden-path.html

And to see the inspiration for the new 175 mile London to Stoke challenge click here:

http://www.simonsrockyroad.blogspot.it/2013/08/ding-ding-round-two.html

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You can understand more about what Mind do by watching this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwZzW3MCRI8

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Meanwhile, Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate - I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

So please dig deep and donate now...

And whatever you do ; never never never never give in.

KEEP MOVING FORWARD,

Simon x

Raising money for

Mind - The Mental Health Charity

Mind - The Mental Health Charity

Charity Registration No. 219830

We’re Mind, the mental health charity. We believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We’re here for you. Today. Now. Whether you’re stressed, depressed or in crisis. We’ll listen, give support and advice, and fight your corner.

Donations 302

Donation by Anonymous on 02/02/14

Sorry it's late but well done on the Christmas run to Stoke, incredible achievement!

Donation by Tom Finn on 02/02/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Congrats!!!

Donation by katie mitchell on 15/01/14

$100.00

Donation by Martin Spitaler on 11/01/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 06/01/14

$50.00

what an amazing achievement!!

Donation by Caroline James on 03/01/14

Donation by Anonymous on 02/01/14

Very inspiring - well done Simon!

Donation by Pablo Sueiras on 02/01/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

You absolute nutter! Amazing effort. Well done. See you very soon. Massive Si Hugs xxx

Donation by adr on 01/01/14

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Well executed, happy new year

Donation by Costas from The Business Fashion on 01/01/14

Amazing achievement!!!

Donation by Charlies mum on 30/12/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Damn fine work. You made it 'appen.

Donation by Rick, Emma, B&J on 29/12/13

well done - extreme achievement i would say, good cause.

Donation by dan whitaker on 29/12/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 28/12/13

Well done on such an incredible achievement, mate. You're an inspiration

Donation by Stu on 28/12/13

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Well done!

Donation by Anonymous on 27/12/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

What you're doing is unbelievable. I am so proud of you. Mental Illness has affected my family also. I am so grateful to people like you. Sorry I cannot afford to donate more.

Donation by Joanna on 24/12/13

Donation by caroline greer on 24/12/13

£50.00

Donation by Anonymous on 24/12/13

Donation by Anonymous on 24/12/13

Donation by Anonymous on 24/12/13

Donation by Anonymous on 24/12/13

Well done guys. Quite incredible. Get eating some turkey!

Donation by D Button on 23/12/13

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Steph Jackson on 23/12/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Thinking of you all, in this lead up to crimbo! Keep going/fighting, its an incredible journey for an incredible cause and charity.

Donation by Glenn C on 23/12/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations$17,492.71
  • Offline donations$0.00
  • Text donations$0.00
  • Total raised$17,492.71
  • Gift Aid$1,825.12

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