So here's the lowdown...
Team Cromer - OCD Action is made up of five individuals who are all passionate about supporting the National Charity OCD Action. We are also really passionate about dispelling the myth that OCD is all about cleaning or checking the front door! In fact OCD is a serious and debilitating condition that presents with someone having unwanted, distressing thoughts, which can only be neutralised (got rid of) by performing a ritual. So let me give you some examples:
Sarah's OCD is about protecting her children. She gets intrusive thoughts that if she doesn't count to four or tap her hand four times her children will come to harm. Sometimes the thoughts are really graphic and they are frightening and scary. A lot of Sarah's day is taken up with netrualising rituals and coupled with the associated anxiety it's stopping her from enjoying life or her children.
Tom is married and works in a bank. His OCD developed five years ago after having a blood test. Afterwards, Tom worried the needle wasn't sterile and he had contracted HIV. His whole life became about having repetitive HIV tests, checking for other symptoms, reading about HIV and ringing a HIV helpline. No matter how much reassurance his wife, the Dr's and people around him gave him that he didn't have HIV his OCD always fuelled doubt. Toms wife struggles to support him and his family struggle to understand.
OCD Action provides hope for people like Sarah and Tom and their families. They have a range of services including a Helpline, Advocacy Service, Youth Project and Support Groups. OCD Action believe that with the right treatment (CBT), medication (if needed) and support, people with OCD and related conditions (BDD, Trichotillomania, Dermatillomania and Hoarding issues) can recover and have a much greater quality of life.
More about Team Cromer....
Keira Bartlett - I have had OCD & BDD for all of my life (alongside bipolar) and for the last four (and a bit) years have worked for OCD Action. Before that I was a trustee with the Charity and before that ran my own OCD support groups locally! Raising money to help OCD Action continue it's great work supporting people with the condition (and their families) is really important to me, so important that I'm prepared to totally humiliate myself by attempting to run/walk/crawl/waddle 10k through the streets of London. As well as needing sponsorship I also need luck!
David Goldstone - We don’t live in Cromer but…my daughter suffers from severe OCD and is receiving treatment at a specialist hospital. OCD Action have been a lifeline to my family though the support groups they run as well as their advocacy service. I want to raise money to help them continue to provide their much needed and essential services.
Kye Bartlett Wilson - My mum is Keira (see above). To be frank, if I don't run with her there is a high chance she will end up in Pizza Hut rather than actually in the 10k Westminster run!
Stuart Murtha -
Martin Unerman -
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