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Gordon's 40th Wedding Anniversary Triathlon

I'm doing my first Triathlon to raise funds for Tyneside Mind because I want to continue to support the Sally Allan Fund

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  • In memory of: Sally Allan
  • Event: Sprint Tri Ponteland, 03 Jun 2018

Sally Allan Fund

Raising money to enable Tyneside and Northumberland Mind to deliver mental health awareness presentations throughout the region. Donate online or by texting SALL05 £1, £5 or £10 to 70070.

Charity Registration No. 1140856

Story

When my wife Sally took her own life on Boxing Day 2015, due to mental health issues, we had been married for 37 years. The 22nd July 2018 is our 40th wedding anniversary and in order to celebrate those wonderful years we shared together I have decided to do my first, and probably last Triathlon in Ponteland. With support from Ponteland Tri Club, the route will see me cycle past St Mary's Church where Sally and I got married. By undertaking this challenge I hope to improve North East mental health by raising money for The Sally Allan Fund.


The Sally Allan Fund was set up by the family in order to raise mental health awareness and to improve North East mental health, to date over £30,000 has been raised. The Fund enables Tyneside and Northumberland Mind to deliver a free one hour Mental Health Awareness Presentation to businesses, public sector bodies, charities and local community groups. Since January 2016 it has helped over 3,000 people in over 100 different organisations. We know from the feedback we receive it is making a difference, with organisations and individuals taking action to improve mental health. For example, with improved awareness of what to do, some organisations have trained their managers in mental health, or trained mental health first aiders to support their staff; helping to improve the culture in the workplace.   As individuals, some people have taken the important first step and sought help, whilst others have simply started a conversation with a friend who needed help and understanding. The presentation has a wider impact too, if those 3,000 people talk to just 2 people about what they have learned then nearly 10,000 people, in our region, now have a better understanding of mental health. The monies you donate will enable the Fund to reach out to more individuals, in more organisations, charities and community groups and in doing so improve mental health outcomes for so many more people. 

I was very touched when the members of Ponteland Tri Club came forward and asked if The Sally Allan Fund could be the charity for their very first Sprint Triathlon which takes place at Ponteland Leisure Centre on the 1st July 2018. It means a lot to know that nearly, 40 years on from our wedding day, Sally will be part of a healthy and fun event in Ponteland. Sally loved swimming, cycling and walking (sorry Tri athletes running wasn't her thing) so by doing those three separate events and helping others I hope to make her proud and remember her for all she gave me. The distances I will cover one after the other are swimming 400 metres, cycling 20 kilometres and walking 5 kilometres. 

Note I am doing my event a month earlier, following the event route, with support from Ponteland Tri Club; that way I can help them on the day of their event.  

Thanks for the support and if you want to compete in the Ponteland Sprint Triathlon please visit the website below.

www.sprinttriponteland.org

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  • Sally out walking
  • Sally and I walking +6

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