Dave Owen


PF Counselling
The PF Counselling Service provides counselling and psychotherapy for people facing the difficulties of everyday life. It was was established in 1986 and our vision is to enable people to embrace life more fully through the growth, changes and healing that can take place through the counselling process. We offer a professional service to individuals over the age of 18 regardless of their ability to pay, with clients contributing what they can afford. All our counsellors are volunteers who are either professionally qualified or in the final stages of their training. They give an average of three hours a week to see clients, as well as participating in supervision and training. The formal name of the PF is the 'Pastoral Foundation'. It is a registered Scottish charity (SCO0875) and a company limited by guarantee.
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Dave Owen - Liverpool Marathon 2011

Dave Owen

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I promised you I would run my fastest marathon yet, and you donated to help PF Counselling with humbling generosity. It was an honour to deliver my side of the bargain. Yesterday, I ran from Birkenhead Park, up to New Brighton, down to the docks, through two miles of Mersey Tunnel, down to the parks of South Liverpool, and back to finish in the shadow of the Liver Buildings, THREE hours, FORTY-SIX minutes, and FORTY-FOUR seconds later. I'd beaten my previous record by nearly three minutes.

As well as helping PF Counselling to deliver the help that their clients need, you helped me to get round the, at times challenging, course. As my legs seized up and and my calves spasmed alarmingly during the gruelling third hour, knowing that you had done your bit helped me do mine.

I am particularly grateful for those of you who have donated to help the service purely on my endorsment. More than ever, public services need charitable donations in order to operate, and I'm acutely aware that there are many such requests placed on your humanity and generosity all the time. Thanks for putting your faith in my recommendation.

Thank you so much. You are all wonderful.


The PF Counselling Service in Edinburgh is a charity which provides counselling and psychotherapy, given by qualified volunteers, to people who need help in overcoming problems and making the most of themselves.

It costs £181,000 per year to run the service, which has to cover the four paid members of staff, the running costs, and the service's premises. They receive a little NHS funding and some voluntary donations from clients, but have no guaranteed income.

This year, on 8 July, those premises were severely damaged by flooding in Edinburgh. You may have seen coverage in the news if you're local. It was the last thing they needed. This has inspired me to try and raise some money for them.

I want to help PF Counselling continue and grow, because they help people to help themselves, and do so from the most selfless and generous motives.

This October, I'll be running my fifth marathon race. It will be my first in my home city of Liverpool. This year, for the first time, I'm running two marathons in one year, having completed the Edinburgh Marathon in May. I'm aiming to achieve my fastest time yet, which will mean coming in under three hours and forty-nine minutes after I start.

I hope you can help me raise some money for PF Counselling.

They helped me, and I'd like to help them.



Recent donors

18.11.11 Sorry to donate after the event - well done for beating your record and for raising such a lot of money! Alison x


26.10.11 Well done!

17.10.11 Got there in the end (me, not you)

11.10.11 Congratulations!

11.10.11 Well done Dave on an excellent time :)

10.10.11 Well done, Dave. Good stuff.

10.10.11 Well done, good cause!

07.10.11 HUGE thanks to you, Dave, and all your supporters. Do get in touch. Alison Hampton

06.10.11 Good luck.

05.10.11 Go Dave!

04.10.11 Break a leg Dave Actually - Good Luck is probably okay for this...

30.09.11 Best of Luck!

29.09.11 Good Luck, Dave! Hope it goes well.

29.09.11 Good Luck Dave!


26.09.11 Good luck on the day.

26.09.11 Good luck!

26.09.11 Go Dave! Go!

25.09.11 Good on you, Dave - and good luck!!!

24.09.11 All the very best Dave!

23.09.11 Have a great run Dave :-) I will be thinking about you when I am walking through the Czech Republic! All the best mate

23.09.11 Almost indistinguishable from Mr Izzard. Cheers Dave, have a fun run (a true oxymoron in my experience)


22.09.11 You run so I don;t have to!


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Alison Lawson
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