Coming up this weekend, on Sunday 28th May, is the Edinburgh Marathon. Once voted the UK's fastest marathon, this 26 mile behemoth through the beautiful Scottish capital is not for the faint of heart. And we have not one, not two, but THREE wonderful people who will be running in this event for OCD Action.
First is Emily, who was inspired by the great work of the Youth Action Panel to take on this mammoth challenge. Emily has lived with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder since adolescence. Fortunately she is doing much better these days, and would like to use her experience to help others who are in the position she was in as a teenager.
I’d like to help people, families and carers who don’t have the support they need; people who want a better future, including the OCD Youth Network, which I wish had existed when I was young, undiagnosed and struggling; people whose mental knot-tying prevents them from lacing up their trainers and heading to the park, a little act which has meant so much to me.
So far Emily has raised an absolutely astonishing £1177.70 (including Gift Aid). This is going to go a long way towards helping people with OCD, and hopefully causing them to feel less isolated than Emily did. So thank you Emily, and best of luck!
On the same day, in the same run, will also be two other marvellous fundraisers. For Natalie Heaney and her boyfriend Joe Dowling will be taking part in the final of three fundraising runs they've done in the last few months. They've taken part in two Half Marathons, but now they're ready to take on the big one! And they'll be donating 20% of the money they raise to OCD Action.
OCD is a term that gets thrown around a lot and is a widely misunderstood and sometimes debilitating Anxiety Disorder (it's not wanting to have a tidy room). If you're interested, this book [Bryony Gordon's Mad Girl] is awesome. OCD action works to bring more open-minded honest awareness to the disorder and intervention to sufferers.
Natalie and Joe have raised £1,573.75, which means £314.75 for OCD Action. Thank you so much to both of you, and good luck!
And if that seems like a lot, then there's also two other fundraisers who are going above and beyond for OCD Action on the same day.
JP Morris, who last year did a staggering amount of fundraising activities in memory of his best friend, Daniel Hulme, is still at it! Not satisfied with the amazing work he did last year, JP has endeavoured to run (wait for it) 1000 kilometres this year. Already over 400km in, JP is taking part in the Manchester Half Marathon -- and he plans to finish it in less than two hours! Best of luck JP, and thanks for all you're doing! We'll tell you more about JP's amazing activities this year in the near future.
And finally, Sarah Guy is continuing her magnificent streak of runs for OCD Action with the Northallerton 10K, her fourth of nine this year. We wish her the best of luck, and hope that the run goes just as well as the first three!
So thank you to all our amazing fundraisers. We couldn't help so many people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder without the amazing work you all do in raising both donations and awareness, so you should all feel very proud of yourselves.
Show Emily, Natalie, Joe, JP and Sarah how appreciated their work is by donating to their fundraising pages. Even a small amount will go a long way to help people with OCD.