Keith Boyle's fundraising page
My page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KeithBoyle
Hiya,thanks for visiting my page. I'm gonna be running the London Marathon on April 17th 2011 a) for myself, and b) to raise some much needed funds for CALM. This is a locally based charity that aims to provide help, advice and support for young men in the Merseyside and East Lancs area who are suffering from depression and/or feeling suicidal,you can read more below. Im sure we all know someone who's been affected by depression or suicide so I feel this is a very worthwhile cause.
For those of you that don't know,running the marathon is not just about going for a little jog around London for about four hours on a Sunday morning,for 16 weeks before I'm gonna be out running at least three times a week at distances of up to 22 miles,covering between 25 and 40 miles per week! Anyone who knows me and my re-fuelling habits knows that ain't gonna be easy! So, if I'm gonna be making all that effort the least you can do is get your hands in yer pockets,get yer debit or credit cards out and make a donation,large or small,it's much appreciated.(Don't forget to tick Gift Aid if you're a UK taxpayer)
Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.
What is CALM?
campaign against living miserably
CALM, the campaign against living miserably, is a charity reg no 1110621 set up in response to the high suicide rate among young men, currently the biggest killer of men under the age of 35. It is a campaign and charity set up for and on behalf of young men. Most men who kill themselves aren’t in contact with any other agency. And to be blunt, they don’t identify with much out there. When asked, what they indicated they wanted was practical, anonymous, confidential help from professionals. Which is why CALM was formed.
Although CALM is targeted at young men aged between 15-35, we offer help, information and advice via a helpline and website to anyone calling within the UK, regardless of age, gender or geographic location.
One of the original Trustees was Anthony Wilson who encouraged the start up of the charity in 2006 and who became a Trustees. Music continues to form part of how we market CALM and we’ve built up a profile club flyers, posters, beer mats, gigs and music and comedy events.
There are many reasons why young men need a campaign like CALM. Everyone has their own life, with different interests, circumstances, pressures and problems. But men aren’t supposed to talk about stuff, so it can be hard to know where or who to go to for help when life gets on top of them.