Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page and supporting my fundraising.
On the 28th April 2019 I'll be running - staggering, walking, hopefully being carried - the London Marathon for the mental health charity MIND. Any donation would be so gratefully received, nothing is too small.
"Once the understanding is there, we can all stand up and not be ashamed of ourselves, then it makes the rest of the population realise we are just like them but with something extra"... Stephen Fry - President of MIND
Mental Health plays a part in all our lives and yet as individuals we continue to have to challenge a long standing stigma that engulfs it. MIND's strategy for Building on Change has the ultimate ambition to give support and respect to everyone with a mental health problem.
This includes me.
Some of you will be aware of the impact of mental illness on my best friend, very few will know of the impact it has had on me. Not so long ago I engaged in 2 years of counselling to give my mind the care and attention it needed. My mind and I needed support on a number of social anxiety issues, an area of life that I've never quite been able to deal with or indeed, make sense of. It has meant that over the years I have asked for an incredible amount of patience from my friends... for that I am eternally grateful, thank you to every one of you. I am so fortunate to have been able to find the right support, but so many people are struggling without it. I want to play my part in helping a fantastic organisation find that support for others.
Let's be very clear, running and I do not go together, never have, never will... but seeing as my ability to grow a moustache is pretty poor, the marathon it is!
I do want to take this opportunity to thank the NHS and my local GP, Dr James Booth. Without you I would not be in any physical condition to do this. You are an incredible organisation, and you should be so damn proud of the work you do.
Thank you again for taking the time to visit my page - let the training begin!!