Sue Bateman

Greenman 45 Mile Ultra Challenge in aid of Sunflowers in Stroud

Fundraising for Sunflowers Suicide Support Charity
raised of £2,000 target
by 43 supporters
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We support families bereaved by suicide to offer comfort during this difficult time


This 45 mile event takes place on Saturday 28th August from Ashton Park School in Bristol. To follow our journey and preparation for this event, visit my blog at, or Facebook

Without the understanding and support from this wonderful local charity in Stroud, along with Suicide Crisis in Cheltenham, I would have lost my son to suicide last year. He was at his lowest point, after suffering from severe clinical depression throughout his adult life, and I felt totally helpless in being able to make his pain go away. For the first time I felt that someone was really listening and understanding the situation. Abbie at Sunflowers was amazing. She talked to me and later to my son at some length and also advised me to contact Joy at Suicide Crisis in Cheltenham. Nothing I could do would ever come close to showing my immense gratitude for the comfort and support given from both charities, but I hope that, through running, I am able to support them in return by raising funds and awareness about mental health, particularly people who are at risk of suicide through depression, plus the families and friends who are trying to come to terms with the loss of a loved one through suicide. Encouraged by my other son, who is running the challenge with me, I began running about eight years ago as a ’50 something’ who was rubbish at sports at school, particularly running! Running has definitely helped me with my own mental health and I would really encourage anyone to have a go, no matter what age or ability.

There are several events leading up to the Greenman Ultra in August, although, due to COVID, nothing is certain at the moment. Nevertheless, we will be taking part in whatever event is still happening, and training towards this 45 mile ultra regardless! My furthest distance before starting to prepare for this event is only a half marathon (13 miles) so this will be quite a challenge for me.

These charities desperately need support, particularly during this very difficult time. They are non-profit making and have been set up by people who have had their own personal stories to tell. They do not charge a fee but will spend as much time as it takes to support a person in desperate need until appropriate professional help, if needed, can be found. This may be through the NHS or through private therapies.

Please support us by making a donation. I would like to try and keep an even 50/50 split between Suicide Crisis on my other fundraising page at, and Sunflowers Suicide Support if possible as they are both equally important.

Many thanks!

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About the charity

Sunflowers was created in memory of Pete Morris who died by suicide in 2016. His family developed the Charity to walk alongside others bereaved by suicide and to be a small ray of light in the darkness; offering others comfort and support that is so desperately needed at such a difficult time. Sunflowers endeavour to provide other families with practical and professional support so they do not feel overwhelmed and alone. This we hope will give a glimmer of hope for the future. Sunflowers also raise awareness around mental health and suicide both on social media and by networking locally and nationally. We deliver accredited training to the wider community and presentations sharing our story. We highlight that it is Okay to not be ‘Okay’ and the importance of talking and of course listening. We feel that everyone can play a small part in connecting with and helping others to feel less alone.

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