Last week I received the heart-breaking news that my friend had decided to end her own life.
Prior to this happening I had been fundraising for Mind, the mental health charity. I had chosen to run a series of races for Mind – even though I’m a beginner runner – because so many of my family and friends had been affected by mental health conditions.
I felt that it was important to support a charity that is in an uphill battle to fight stigma, break down barriers and support people affected by mental health with improved services and access to those who need it.
After hearing about my friend it really hit home how important what I was doing actually was.
So this year I will be running the 5k Superhero Run in May, Kew Gardens 10k in September and the Royal Parks Half Marathon in October ready to do a Marathon in 2017! I’m a complete novice at running and so all three of these is a huge challenge for me, but now, I’m more determined than ever.
I chose to raise £500 initially but I’m already close to beating that target and I’m incredibly confident that I can double that before the year is out.
For every mile that I run, for every pound that I raise, I will have my friend in mind. It will be for her memory and for the loved ones left behind.
I’m hosting the best pub quiz you will ever have been to on the 30 June in aid of Mind so do come along.
Or if you’re feeling generous sponsor me on my Just Giving page.