For me, this run is for my dad, Graham. A lovely, funny, family man who had one too many dark days. We lost him to suicide in 1995. I was 10.
Even now (in 2017), mental health is not 'accepted' as an illness in the same way that physical illnesses are, but there are people out there to talk to, and it isn't 'shameful' to admit you need help. I want to do my bit to help prevent any families and children going through what we went through.
The biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK is suicide, and it needs to reduce, NOW!
I started running again, back in November when I found out MIND had offered me a place. To complete a marathon is a massive challenge for me, and one I have always wanted to try. 26.2 miles is a terrifying distance, but if the money we raise could help save the life of just one person, then it will all be worth it.
Now that we have raised the £2,000 for MIND, we have decided to donate any further money we are lucky enough to receive to littlelifts - a charity set up by my friend Oamay, who was diagnosed with primary breast cancer in 2014, aged 28.
In Oa's words, "I was lucky enough to have a support network of friends and family to help me along the way and lift those down days with a few little treats to relieve some of the side effects I experienced. Cancer is a different experience for everybody, but the impact these small tokens had on my mindset and wellbeing was huge and so the concept of ‘littlelifts’ came about."
littlelifts, working in partnership with the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, provides support and comfort to women who face chemotherapy treatment for primary breast cancer by offering them a littlelifts box containing small items and treats which help to relieve some of the side effects of chemotherapy, hopefully giving patients 'little lifts' throughout their treatment. More about this great charity can be found at the below website:
Huge thanks in advance from both Becky and I for anything you can donate to these charities close to our hearts.