Weʼve raised £195 to support Festival of Life and Death, a global suicide prevention initiative
- Funded on Sunday, 20th October 2019
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I am privileged to be running the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Half Marathon in support of the Festival of Life and Death, a global initiative striving for a world without suicide.
Festival of Life and Death is an open movement which promotes a proactive approach to wellness through creativity (arts/music/crafts/food) and connectivity (with people and nature). The project aims to help everyone live well by improving the modern world:
“To live more like we are designed to live. To eat well, sleep well, exercise, socialise, sing and dance, and laugh and play, and to work in ways that make us happy and fulfilled, not ill and sad.” (FoLaD)
Your donations will help to support FoLaD to continue to promote mental health and wellness initiatives and create a society that allows everyone to live. Nobody should have to choose death, because life is harder.
Any donations would be hugely appreciated by both myself and the FoLaD.
Please find out more about The Festival of Life and Death and how you can get involved!
Important: As Festival of Life and Death is not a registered charity, funds will be raised via Crowdfunding and then paid directly to FoLaD.
UPDATE (PLEASE READ):
Hello! Firstly, I would like to thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for sponsoring my half marathon. It was the most physically demanding thing I’ve ever done but your support genuinely helped me to the finish line (and 2 miles beyond as the race was cut short).
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, I have chosen not to donate the money to Festival of Life and Death. The founder, Alan Chapman, is making changes to certain aspects of FoLaD and at present, there are no upcoming projects that need funding. Although I have the utmost respect for Alan and Festival of Life and Death, I believe that at present, your money would be better spent elsewhere. I have shared my feelings with Alan, and with his blessing, we have decided that Maytree would greatly benefit from your donations.
Maytree is a registered charity which provides residential stays for individuals in suicidal crisis. During their stay, individuals are supported by a small team in a safe and protective environment. There is currently only one Maytree house, but Maytree will soon open a second house in Manchester. Therefore, your support will be greatly valued by the charity. Maytree also operates a helpline for those who are feeling suicidal.
Alan had hoped to develop his ‘Feelgood Farm’ to offer a similar safe environment for individuals in suicidal crisis. However, he has sadly decided to sell the farm and therefore, your money can instead support the continuation of work at Maytree house.
I hope that you’ll agree that the decision to donate to Maytree respects your intention to donate to a suicide prevention cause. Maytree supports those during a mental health crisis and really does save lives. You can find out more by visiting their website https://www.maytree.org.uk/.
Once again, I would like to thank you for your amazing generosity. I am so grateful, and I am sure that Maytree will be too! I have tried to do right by everyone by choosing to donate to Maytree, however, if anyone has any issues with my decision then please do not hesitate to contact me.
- 4 years ago
Cerys Hughes4 years ago
Hello! I've posted an update in the 'My Story' section about how your donations will be spent. Unfortunately, I've had to make a last minute change which I have explained in this section. If anyone has any issues at all then please do let me know. Thank you all for your support, it means the world to me!!
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Oct 13, 2019
Well done Cerys, dont forget to re hydrate after x
Oct 13, 2019
CerysGood luck and you'll smash it
Oct 12, 2019
Hey good luck! I see you needed £20 for your target, caught me on a runners high myself :D (saw the post on your good friend Charlotte's share so thank her haha) Paul h x
Oct 12, 2019
This is one of the so, so many kind acts you always do. Best of luck Cerys, no one has a heart as golden as you. Thinking of you the whole way xxxxx
Oct 12, 2019
Wishing you all the best tomorrow, go smash it! 💪❤️
Oct 12, 2019
Best of luck tomorrow ceza!! I know you’re going to smash it 🤩 sorry I can’t be there to watch, will be cheering you on from harpenden! Make sure you have a Lauren sized portion of pasta tonight! ❤️
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Oct 11, 2019
Good luck Cerys! You've put a lot of effort into it and for a great cause! Love you lots xxxx
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