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I have created The 29 Challenge as a year-long challenge to take part in 29 running events with the aim of raising £29,000 for Mind - The Mental Health Charity.
So why The 29 Challenge, and why Mind? Well, here it goes...
My brother was 29 when he passed away. He was fit, healthy and well. He was incredibly charismatic, had lots of friends and a girlfriend. He had a great job, owned his own home, drove a car that he loved, had a wardrobe with lots of designer labels and had the latest tech and gadgets. But, tragically and from nowhere he took his own life. It was a huge shock and left so many questions. He loved his family and friends and had so many people that he could talk to if things weren't okay. Nothing was mentioned. It was described to us as a moment in time and if he had made it through the moment then it may not have happened, like a flick of a switch. Whatever it was, we'll never know. But there should never be a moment in time where you feel, for whatever reason, that your life is not worth living. Life is a precious gift for each and every one of us and our physical and mental health are incredibly important.
So I have chosen Mind to keep investing in the services that support people who are struggling and need support, advice, or to connect with others who can help. The stresses and strains of every day life can be challenging in itself, but when it tips into anxiety and depression there is no shame in asking for help. It is essential to your overall health and wellbeing.
We know that physical activity is a key component in helping with good mental health and I hope that The 29 Challenge will encourage people to get active and think about their own health, both physically and mentally, in a positive way.
I have set up a Facebook Page called The 29 Challenge to document the year and update my progress, please Like and Share if you can.
The 29 Challenge starts with the Glasgow Half Marathon on Sunday 1st October 2017 and will complete with the same event in 2018. Any and all support that you can give over the year will be hugely appreciated. Thank you.
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