Mandy Rushen

My Marathon hike for the Flower Pod

Fundraising for Reach Learning Disability
raised of £1,500 target
by 78 supporters
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Event: Virtual London Marathon 2023, on 23 April 2023
Participants: My friend Sarah will be walking at least half the marathon with me to help raise more funds. My friend Jane is on the first shift and other friends, family and my dog are meeting us in Gunthorpe for the last leg. Thank you all x Should be fun!
Reach Learning Disability

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We support people to reach beyond expectation


I am often at my most content when I have my spade in my hand. It is often to create something new but much more importantly, it is to retain and look after the beautiful things that already exist.

The Flower Pod, Southwell, is a garden that provides adults with learning disabilities, the chance to connect with outdoor space and related activities. I started volunteering at the Flower Pod Southwell in September 2022 as I was keen to learn more about horticultural therapy and to share my gardening skills with a charity that had horticulture, community and nature at it's heart.

In the short time I have been there, I have had the pleasure of getting to know a team of fantastic, dedicated, creative people who strive to use this wild and inspiring garden to support the clients and their families. The team have been working hard to create a new wildlife pond and also make some changes to a large flower bed  - and we have made great progress.

However, we still need a patio area!!!  This addition will offer clients, and staff, new ways to enjoy the outdoors - perhaps for art, yoga or games or simply just a new place to enjoy friendship, sunshine and birdsong. So I am hoping that my marathon walk will help fund this and we can finish what we set out to do!

Please donate to help look after the fabulous Flower Pod and the people that benefit so much from it - I would be hugely grateful.



About the charity

Reach Learning Disability

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RCN 1076318
We support people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire to reach beyond expectation and make a good life in their local community- a life full of meaning, challenge and opportunity.

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