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    Weʼve raised £290 to help fund a bursary to enable access to counselling services for individuals on low incomes

    Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
    Funded on Saturday, 28th October 2017

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    Mental health problems such depression and anxiety can affect anyone at any time. I myself am all too aware of this.

    When it happened to me, I was able to access counselling because I was able to pay for it; not everyone who might benefit from counselling will be as fortunate as I was.

    Offington Counselling Service in Worthing is a charity that provides high quality counselling for those who may not normally be able to access it due to financial constraints. The counselling I received through OCS helped me at a time when I really needed it, and I can personally vouch for the quality of the counselling and benefits of being able to talk things things through.

    OCS operates a bursary fund to support access to counselling services for those on very low incomes, and it is my wish to contribute to this fund.

    Since the start of this year I have been running. Anyone who knows me will realise that this was a big step for me, having spent most of my adult life in a largely sedentary state! Initially, my intention was simply to get some exercise and to try to lose a little bit of weight, but as time went on I actually started to enjoy running, and started to set myself challenges - not to set the world alight with my distance prowess or speed, but simply to prove to myself that I could do more than I first thought.

    On my first runs I struggled to reach 5k, but I gradually got there and eventually started doing the Clair Parkrun in Haywards Heath, setting not only respectable times but steadily improving. In May, I ran the Burgess Hill 10k, aiming to do so in under and hour, a target that I achieved

    The buzz from this achievement, and from earning my first medal for running, convinced me to set my next challenge, which brings us to now...

    On Sunday 24th September I will be running in the Rotary Folkestone Half Marathon. I have been training hard over the last 12 weeks and feel as ready as I can be. I know that I'm not going to be setting a record time or anything, and I have but two targets: to finish, and to do so without stopping to walk.

    This is about challenging myself, and if I can raise a little bit of money for a worthy cause that is important to me, then I look on that as a bonus. Please consider sponsoring me; all money pledged as a result of my efforts will be donated to the OCS bursary fund.

    Thank you

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      18

      • Anonymous

        Anonymous

        Sep 25, 2017

        Well done Steve! Great running.

        £20.00

      • Cynthia

        Cynthia

        Sep 24, 2017

        Good luck

        £10.00

      • Adam Bushell

        Adam Bushell

        Sep 23, 2017

        Good Luck on the run.

        £20.00

      • Anonymous

        Anonymous

        Sep 23, 2017

        Good luck, I know you can do it! X

        £20.00

      • Alan Jenkins

        Alan Jenkins

        Sep 23, 2017

        Best of luck Steve, hope it goes well for you.

        £20.00

      • Jane Glineur

        Jane Glineur

        Sep 22, 2017

        Great job Steve. Well done! X

        £5.00

      • Clare Swift

        Clare Swift

        Sep 22, 2017

        Good luck!

        £5.00

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      Steve Winter

      Steve Winter

      Haywards Heath, United Kingdom

      It's me - Steve! Brass band geek and generally lazy layabout. Except now I'm not being lazy, I'm running a half marathon. I'm using it as an opportunity to raise cash for a fund that enables access to counselling for individuals on a low income. Please support me if you can

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