Norwich Marketing Manager Fundraises for Charity Mind
Running a marathon is no easy feat. 26 miles of panting, sweating and aching, with months of training to prepare. They are a test of endurance and stamina, and not everybody finishes them. However, a close friend of ours, Simona, has decided to put herself to the test. On the 15th April, she will be running the Brighton Marathon to fundraise for the charity Mind.
Mind is a charity dedicated to improving the lives of people suffering from mental health issues. By providing support, and information, and by raising awareness, they are able to be there for those who need it most. 1 in 4 people struggle with mental health issues, the most common being anxiety and depression. Mind help those suffering feel supported and empowered, and offer help to the families and friends. By educating those around whoever is suffering, an environment of encouragement, love and understanding is created.
Why Support Mind?
The reason Simona has decided to run the marathon is because she truly understands the value of the work that Mind does. Along with her close friend Joseph, they will both be running with a very special person in mind. The person they are running the marathon for is Joseph’s sister, Dorothy. Dorothy is only 24 but has been struggling with depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts for 8 years. It’s been a long struggle with her mental health, but fortunately, over the past 5 years, Mind has been there to help.
Mind have provided Dorothy and her family with the vital support and services she needs. Her parents have been able to attend workshops to learn more about Dorothy’s mental struggles, and how best to support her. By giving her help in the right way, Dorothy has had a stable support network where it matters most – at home. Supporting and fundraising for Mind allows Joseph and Simona to give back to a charity that has done so much.
Understanding the work they do is why Simona and Joseph have chosen to support mind. Having previously run half-marathons before, this new challenge is the biggest yet. Facing an obstacle that looks impossible to overcome, like a full marathon, is much like struggling with a mental illness. However, with the right amount of support, encouragement and time, even that is possible to beat and overcome.
Mental health is an issue that affects many of us. If you want to support Simona and Joseph and their fundraising for Mind, please donate. You are able to donate through JustGiving here.