John Cleary

John's 3.8k Swim / Half Marathon

Fundraising for Paul Lavelle Foundation
raised of £500 target
by 58 supporters
We raise awareness in male domestic abuse to bring the silent issue out into the open


After having a terrible 2019 with mental health and unable to find the answer as to why. I drifted into the darkest of places and no longer wanted to be here. The guys from the Charity took me under their wing starting with the Open Water Swimming (in mid Winter) and then upping the ante getting me running! I was hugely over weight, feeling low but this all changed thanks to the lads at the charity. They checked in regularly, encouraged and pushed me to this point now where I’m feeling much more like myself and having lost weight to competing in Swimming events and getting out to socialize too 😀

The charity does amazing work for men suffering in silence and unable to find a way out...they do just that and all in the memory of their great friend Paul Levelle who was killed whilst in an abusive relationship with a woman. This left complete devastation amongst many including his 3 children, 1 of which I have the great honor of training with each week.

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About the charity

We raise awareness to male domestic abuse in the name of our mate Paul Lavelle. We offer therapeutic support to males experiencing domestic abuse. We deliver Healthy Relationship Education Workshops to children and young people We run inclusive health & wellbeing community activity groups

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