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Adrian Beckingham

2018 marathon challenge

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Hello and thank you for taking the time to visit my page. [/p][p]If you had told me on January 1, 2018 that I would be running my first marathon in two months, I would say you are very much mistaken. I am a 50 year old dad, children's author, and professional performance storyteller - NOT an athelete. [/p][p]But the increase in the numbers of homeless has had me asking, what can I do to help? I was homeless once, as a teenager, for nine months - at a time I had travelled overseas to spend 12 months with an absent father who threw me and my suitcase out after 24 hours. I found various good souls who would put me up (lifetime friends made there!), but spent the majority of that time sleeping under hedges out of sight in public parks. Luckily I had a good quality sleeping bag my loving mother had given me as a birthday present before sending me to spend some time with my father whose parenting skills simply did not exist. I braved a whole European winter in this way. [/p][p]Around this time I wrote a collection of short stories, written by hand on notepaper - many written on the streets the collection is called Street Fiction. Now, all these years later, I have published other works though Street Fiction I have always kept aside - perhaps now is the time to publish as part fo a funding and publicity drive for helping homeles speople? [/p][p]Ten years of Tory 'austerity' has destroyed the livelihood of many families - my own 'one man band' storytelling and writing business was growing year on year for over a decade until the 2008 debacle that saw public services stripped back and many families started to fall into poverty. I had children to raise and had thought the old adage 'don't put all your eggs in one basket' was no threat to me, as I had my work spread through various different arenas - schools, libraries, community health centres, mental health drop ins, resindential homes for the elderly, youth clubs, museums, and so on. But as it turned out I worked in all those places that lost funding right across the country. A diary that had bookings filling almost every page up to two years in advance, suddenly was filled with red lines as one booking after another was cancelled. In the end every single booking, out of several hundred, was gone. This made things very hard for me and my children had the last ten years of their growth under my roof in a household that was struggling financially, though there was also plenty of attention, care and love to go around. [/p][p]Homelessness is on a rapid rise (figures this week quoted a rise of 75% in 2017). These people need our help so I am running for them. If you had a jacket, a cardboard sheet and a doorway, instead of warm blankets, a cosy bed and your own room, would you not hope for a helping hand? Running this marathon is going to be a huge physical and potentially emotional challenge for me.[/p][p]I have chosen Shelter as my main charity (60% of funds raised) with Action Homeless (Leicester) receiving 30% and Greenpeace receiving 10%. (before settling in the UK over 20 years ago to raise my kids, I was a national coordinator of Greenpeace Australia - if we lose the planet we all lose our home). [/p][p]A lot of time, sweat, pain and determination is going into this on my behalf. For my fIrst training run I made half a kilometre before feeling out of breath! Please help me to help the homeless by following and sharing this profile, and PLEASE DONATE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. [/p]

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Event

2018 The Big Half

2018 The Big Half

04 Mar 2018

Charities

Greenpeace Environmental Trust

Greenpeace Environmental Trust

Shelter

Shelter

Action Homeless (leicester) Limited

Action Homeless (leicester) Limited

Supporters

04-Mar-2018

Sam

Good luck when it warms up more training for now with all my support lv sam xxx

£20.00

03-Mar-2018

Rebecca

very best of luck Adrian, very proud of you and Maia! will be thinking of you both x

£10.00

25-Feb-2018

Anonymous

way to go Ade! Run like the wind!

£15.00

23-Feb-2018

Barb

You're awesome Adrian

£50.00

11-Feb-2018

Deb

Keep it up Adrian, very proud of you! Xx

£30.00

10-Feb-2018

Ralph Liz Brown

Hope to see you at Rainbow camp

£25.00

10-Feb-2018

Adie

I would walk one hundred miles and I would fly one thousand more , just to be the woman who walked those miles to see the man that I adore ,,,, dada da da, da da , da da . Run Adie Run xoxoxox

£100.00

09-Feb-2018

Tor

Love you bro. Keep running x

£15.00

20-Jan-2018

Anonymous

£10.00

11-Jan-2018

Danny

Just read your message on Crystal Palace Local - fantastic effort and great causes, Adrian. It's not much - but hopefully it helps

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid