Steve Platt


Freedom From Torture
Freedom from Torture, formerly the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture is the only organisation in the UK dedicated solely to the treatment of survivors of torture. We have five centres where we offer psychiatry, clinical psychology, psychotherapy, counselling, complementary therapies and support with housing and welfare. We also speak out alongside survivors to raise awareness and influence decision makers. 95% of our resources come from voluntary donations - thank you for being involved and raising funds for our important work.

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2012 in 2012: Freedom from Torture

Steve Platt

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2012 miles in 2012

Ten years ago, at the age of 73, my dad climbed Kilimanjaro on a fundraising trek for the disabled children’s charity Whizz-Kidz. I met him on the way down and having climbed the mountain myself at a much younger age I’ve always been in awe of his achievement. An active sportsman all his life (he ran his first 5k race – for a children’s hospice – on the spur of the moment in 2007), he became a prolific charity fundraiser in his later years.

My dad died last year and to mark his memory I’ve set myself an Olympic-year challenge to run 2012 miles in a series of events in 2012. I'll be raising money for Whizz-Kidz; Teach Africa, a small charity that supports the education of children in the slums of Nairobi; and Freedom from Torture, whose work includes helping children whose families have survived torture in various parts of the world. This page is for donations to Freedom from Torture.

The events I'm running include the 100-mile Ultra Tour of the Lake District, which starts on the same evening as the Olympics opening ceremony, and a six-day, 156-mile stage race starting at Robert the Bruce’s cave in Scotland and finishing at Ruthin Castle in North Wales. If I get my timing right – and my legs hold up – I’ll complete the 2,012th mile as I cross the finishing line in the New York marathon in November.

This is my personal Olympic Gold Challenge in aid of children who face much bigger challenges in life. I'm going to be helped along the way by a number of people, perhaps the most important being my sister Chris, who'll be doing a lot of the really hard work of fundraising. We’ll be grateful for any support – nothing’s too small.

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31.12.12 Steve - you are awesome! I just wish I'd have met you before GBC in Sept so I could have shared more of your running year with you. brought a tear to my eye reading the story about your dad (but then I am feeling quite knackered and vulnerable tee hee) x

18.12.12 Sorry it's not much but just wanted to say another huge congratulations. Am truly in awe and inspired (neither of which happen lightly!) Very proud to have been hated by you, to have been blessed by you and, most of all, to know you.

17.12.12 Steve, you hunney. Your page made me cry. What a wonderful achievement, for an amazing cause, with touching reasons. So great to have met you in New York. I'm looking forward to my knee getting better so I can run with you. Your Dad would be proud. x




12.11.12 Best of luck Rachel's Dad!

12.11.12 Good luck to Rachel's Dad!


19.10.12 v proud of you Steve/Dad

03.10.12 Great work Steve it's heroic stuff this :-)

02.10.12 and you thought subbing RP was painful....

07.08.12 Good luck Steve.

30.07.12 Well done Steve.

30.07.12 You are really really earning these donations Steve. Huge congratulations. You are as inspirational as your Dad

30.07.12 Well done Steve!

22.07.12 Well done - what a fantastic goal.

21.07.12 The best of luck Steve. I hope it goes well despite your ailments.

19.07.12 Great cause

09.07.12 Good luck Steve. I'm stunned by your ability. It's humbling to know you are doing this. What an amazing example you are setting. Well done. Justin x



02.07.12 There should be a third donation page that we can use to fund some sort of psychaitrist who can work out why you're doing this insane thing to yourself. Good luck with it - and best wishes.

02.07.12 Go for it Steve, it's been a long time and see you soon hopefully.

29.06.12 Good luck all the way till the 2,012th mile!x


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