Run for Gerry
On Sunday, 22nd of April 2018, I will be running the London Marathon for Folkestone & District Mind, in memory of my friend Gerry.
Raising money for
Folkestone & District Mind
Donations accepted until 22-07-2018
Sadly in November 2017, my twin sister Maria lost her best friend to depression. Maria and Gerry had been friends for over 20 years, they met through work, and shortly afterwards they discovered that they were both expecting, with the babies due dates only a few days apart. This cemented their friendship and over the years I was lucky enough to get to know Gerry too. Suicide is something that no-one who knew Gerry would have thought possible - not even for a moment - it was so totally unexpected. Her death has had a huge impact on her family, friends and anyone and everyone who knew Gerry. We have been left with a lot of questions, but more importantly a desire to do something - something positive that will help others.
With this in mind I have decided to fundraise for our local branch of Mind. Folkestone & District Mind supports adults in the Shepway area who are experiencing mental ill health. For more than 20 years the team has been developing its community services which is based in Folkestone. They aim to provide individual recovery planning, peer support, therapeutic courses, information and support. They share the view that without mental health there is no health.
The Virgin Money London Marathon
Why set myself the challenge of running a marathon?
Is it because I am a hugely experienced and accomplished runner? Unfortunately I would have to say no to both - I started running in September, 2016 when I joined my local club’s beginners course (Hawkinge Hurricanes Running Club). I joined as I wanted to loose some weight and get fit. Initially it was more walking then running, but over the next ten weeks something magical happened and before I knew it I was really running. I can remember feeling completely elated when I ran my first 5k with out stopping! And that was me; hooked!
Maria and Gerry both run regularly for many years, and wanted to encourage me to keep going, and came up with the idea of making our local Parkrun are regular running challenge. It was during one of our infamous post-run stretching routines, which always received a few rye smiles, that I mentioned that I would love to run a marathon one day. Maria just looked at me as if I was completely mad. Whereas, Gerry, with the biggest smile on her face, said - I'll run with you!
With Gerry in my thoughts, I will be running my first marathon, and with your support, we can help change lives - Thank you!
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