I have decided to take up running and so started the Couch to 5k on 29th April. I have not done any running since school, 16/17 years ago and so this was a huge challenge for me. Especially since I have not exercised since having my eldest who is almost 5! I was also invited to do the 5k Big Fun Run with some work mates and so just to make sure I maintained my couch to 5k training I signed up! I can’t tell you how worried I am about this.
When it came to who to run for my decision was quite easy. I needed to run for someone I felt motivated and inspired by. Around the time I was considering starting to run a friend started raising money for her son, Grayson, and the two charities their family has been helped and supported by:
Cerebra: is a unique charity set up to help improve the lives of children with brain related conditions through research, education and directly supporting the children and their carers. Cerebra don’t receive any government funding and rely entirely on the generosity of their supporters so it’s important to keep services like this going. In 2007 I sat with my partner in a Doctor’s office wondering what our future would be like with a small child that they were telling us would have cerebral palsy as a result of her M.A.S. Thankfully our little miracle proved them wrong, but it is reassuring to know there are services like Cerebra out there that are researching and supporting parents who are living with neurological conditions which can make life very hard, not just for the child, but for their family too and Cerebra aim to make it easier. Did I mention Cerebra doesn’t receive any government funding and rely entirely on the generosity of their supporters? Find out more herewww.cerebra.org.uk
SWAN UK: (Syndromes Without A Name) is a project run by Genetic Alliance UK offering support and information to families of children with undiagnosed conditions. SWAN UK is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund. So the donations you make will really help this wonderful organisation to develop a community of families with undiagnosed genetic conditions for mutual support and information sharing, develop a network of health and social care professionals with expertise in undiagnosed condition and to Increase awareness and understanding of undiagnosed genetic conditions. This last aim is what I would like to help with by running for them. Until I started speaking to Kara I had no idea about SWAN’s like her son. You can find out more about SWAN UK here: http://www.undiagnosed.org.uk/ or here:http://www.geneticalliance.org.uk/projects/swan.htm
My friend, Kara, has been raising money for a Trike for her son Greyson. This summer they have raised enough to buy him this life changing equipment. So any cash donations will now be added to the two charities above. You can find out more about this inspiring family and the difference the tike is making from Kara’s bloghttp://innocentcharmschats.co.uk/graysons-great-fun-day/
So thank you for your support, please keep cheering me on and making sure I go out and train.
On your marks…
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