The new year has just begun, and 2018 already looks like it's going to be an amazing year for fundraising. And here's some fantastic news to kick it off!
For the first time ever, OCD Action will have somebody running in the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 22nd April. We're thrilled to announce that the person who will be donning the OCD Action logo and taking on this 26 mile behemoth is the incredible David Goldstone!
David's inspiration for running is his teenage daughter, who was diagnosed with OCD four years ago. The family have been through a very difficult time over the last few years, and she is still battling with the condition, but with the help of both this charity and the OCD team at the Maudsley Hospital's Michael Rutter Centre she is now doing well and improving every day.
David is already a huge supporter of OCD Action through his work with the Even Better Together project, and he took on the British 10K for us in 2017, raising an astonishing amount for people with OCD.
So this year, he will be taking on this world-famous Marathon in order to raise money for two wonderful causes, both of which do great things for people like David, his daughter and their family.
David (left) after the British 10K, which he ran with friend Martin Unerman (right):
The first of these causes is, of course, OCD Action. Specifically, everything David raises up to his initial target will go directly towards funding the Helpline, an absolutely vital service for people struggling with this debilitating condition.
When my daughter was extremely unwell I felt a hopelessness that I had never before experienced. Those of you who know me know that I am an extremely positive person and yet I was at one of the lowest points of my entire life. I found the OCD Action helpline online and called. They were able to give me hope, reassurance and guidance. This led to my accessing their advocacy service which gave me the tools to get my daughter the treatment she needed as well and support for my wife and I though the parent support group that we attend every month. I want the money I raise to support the many many others who are RIGHT NOW where we were back then.
Alongside OCD Action, David will also be raising funds for the Maudsley Hospital's Child and Adolescent Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Service, the leading specialist service for children and adolescents in the UK.
The OCD team at the Michael Rutter Centre for Children and Young People is a specialist unit within the Maudsley Hospital in South London. They are a world leading institution for those young people fortunate enough to get on one of their programmes they have a great track record of helping people recover. Following a referral and assessment my daughter had to wait a few months to start. During this time - things were really tough and even basic activities were very difficult never mind going to a strange hospital. I am raising money for a film to be produced that children suffering from OCD can watch to give them reassurance about the treatment that they will be receiving and will feature some interviews with other children who have been through the programme. Had we seen something like this then it would have made our journey easier.
David (top, second from left) with OCD Action:
Thank you so much David for all you're doing to help people living with this condition which has such a devastating effect, both on those who have it and their families.
Help David raise as much as possible by donating to his fundraising page!
Want to support David? Why not come along on 22nd April and cheer David on! The OCD Action team will be there on the day to support him as he runs, and we'd love for as many supporters to come join us as possible! Just get in touch with our Lead Fundraiser at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to come along.
Are you running in the London Marathon yourself? We don’t have any more places left, but if you have one already then why not join David and use it to run for OCD Action? All the money you raise will do a huge amount to help people with OCD. If not, why not do another run for us? Whether a 10K, Half Marathon or Marathon, there's plenty of opportunities to help people with OCD through fundraising. Email email@example.com if you're interested!