ManKind Initiative
The ManKind Initiative is a national charity helping men (and their children) escape from domestic abuse and domestic violence. We do this by running an anonymous national helpline whereby our trained team provide both emotional and practical support to men of all ages and backgrounds. The helpline receives over 1,500 calls every year and four in every five men who call us have never spoken to anyone before about the abuse they are suffering from. Two in every three men also have children in their household. We solely rely on public donations and fundraising events to support the helpline and we do not receive any government or public funding. Every penny raised goes directly to running the helpline.
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Marathons In Memory of Mark

Polly Cziok

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We are running to raise funds for the ManKind Initiative, a charity which supports men who are victims of domestic abuse. We're doing this in memory of Mark Goodchild, who tragically took his own life in July 2015. Mark was a much loved son, brother and friend, and we want to help ManKind support others who are suffering as he did.

I'm Polly Cziok. Mark was my oldest childhood friend. I'm running the Virgin London Marathon on 23rd April. This will be my first Marathon and it's a hugely daunting challenge, but a great honour to run for Mark and for Mankind. Derek Goodchild is Mark's Dad, a veteran of more than 100 Marathons, who will, on the same day, be pounding the streets of Mark's home town in the Southampton Marathon. Please support a first timer and an old timer by sponsoring us. 

Other friends and family will be running and helping us to raise funds. I'll add their names over the coming weeks.

Update: As well as training alongside me, whenever he can, my lovely husband Paul Cziok has signed up for a 20 mile race with me in March. It's not quite a marathon, but near as dammit, so please support him too!

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17.02.17 Been there. These tragedies must stop. Run hard, keep going, never give up.

15.02.17 Good luck to you both!

15.02.17 happy running Derek (and polly) - such an important cause.


09.02.17 Very best wishes to you all

07.02.17 Our son Tim is also running the London Marathon for Sense and our daughter Harriet is jumping out of a plane for Julian House, so our loyalties are a bit divided, but I just can't ignore such a worthy cause as Mankind, especially for Mark, so go for it. x

07.02.17 In memory of our colleague, Mark Goodchild.

06.02.17 Good luck Derek and Polly.

05.02.17 Hope it goes well and a great cause, might even get a chance to join you on a training run.

03.02.17 Good luck to both of you!


01.02.17 Go Derek Go.

31.01.17 Good luck Sis!

31.01.17 Good luck to both of you

31.01.17 This is really great Polly.




29.01.17 Best of luck XX

28.01.17 Thinking so much of Mark and all the family

28.01.17 Hooray - reached £1000! Well done both of you - very impressive and Polly you have my total respect, it's a serious challenge that you're taking on.

26.01.17 Memories of my first marathon on 1st of May, 1983! All the best BLB and Polly, hope the weather is kind for both events.

26.01.17 Good luck with the Marathon

26.01.17 Well done, both of you. xxx



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