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Alix Coe

Brighton Marathon

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Hi! We're Alix and Jason and we were ready to run the Brighton Marathon together in April 2020 to raise money for Allsorts![/p][p]Since the marathon was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, race participants have been given the option to run the distance virtually between September 30 and October 11β€” which is how we will now be completing the challenge.[/p][p]We're both trans / non-binary runners and it would be amazing if you could help to support us in raising this money for an incredible organisation![/p][p]We both feel that the work that Allsorts do is outstanding and increasingly necessary![/p][p][b]Who Are We?[/b][/p][p][b]Alix[/b][/p][p]I started running in 2017 with Trans Can Sport (a Brighton based sports group for trans people). Since then, running has been amazing for my mental health, as well as for my self-esteem, confidence, and fitness.[/p][p]I completed my first half-marathon in Brighton in February 2018, which was also my first ever serious run.[/p][p]Having been a volunteer at Allsorts for just a few months, I've saw first-hand just how much great work they do, and I'm really grateful to them for giving me the opportunity to be a part of it.[/p][p]I really feel as though if there was a similar service available to me as a young person, that the earlier parts of my life would have been so much easier to live through and understand. With this kind of support I think that I would have made so many different choices and fought so fewer battles by myself.[/p][p][b]Jason[/b][/p][p]I started running in 2012 to keep fit after a shoulder injury sustained in a motorcycle accident temporarily stopped me from being able to swim.[/p][p]Since then, I've accumulated finisher medals in over 75 events including triathlons, half marathons, and trail runs.[/p][p]Running has increased my self confidence, and helps alleviate my depression and anxiety.[/p][p]As a trans athlete, running also makes me feel less dysphoric. Nowadays, some running clubs include a non-binary option when entering events, so runners like me feel more included and represented.[/p][p]I'm excited to be raising money for All Sorts.This will be my second Brighton Marathon and I will also be running the Brighton Triathlon this year![/p][p]I hope my and Alix's efforts at next year's marathon will inspire more trans athletes![/p][p] [/p][p][b]Who Are Allsorts?[/b][/p][p]Established in 1999, Allsorts Youth Project listens to, supports & connects children & young people under 26 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure (LGBTU) of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. They work with both young people themselves and their parents or carers too.[/p][p]Allsorts aim to improve the lives of LGBTU young people via a two pronged approach;[/p][p]1. Providing specialist youth services to children & young people from the ages of 5-25 who are LGBTU.[/p][p]2. Training the wider community and professionals so all spaces and organisations can be safer and more inclusive for LGBTU people.[/p][p]Young LGBTU people deserve to feel safe and thrive at home, at school and in their communities.[/p][p] [/p][p]Why is the work that Allsorts do so important?[/p][p]National research shows that:[/p][p]42% of young LGBT people have sought medical help for anxiety or depression[/p][p]52% of young LGBT people report self-harm either now or in the past[/p][p]44% of young LGBT people have considered suicide[/p][p] [/p][p]In Brighton and Hove:[/p][p]31% of LGBTU young people who attend Allsorts Youth Project have attempted suicide[/p][p]81% of LGBTU young people who attend Allsorts Youth Project experience mental health issues[/p][p] [/p][p]However, through access to their free & vital services, Allsorts found that:[/p][p]57% of Allsorts young people felt more comfortable with their gender identity and / or sexual orientation[/p][p]72% of young people said that coming to Allsorts made them feel less alone[/p][p]95% of young people said that Allsorts had given them a space to feel safe in[/p][p]91% of young people sad that Allsorts had been of help to them[/p][p] [/p][p]There are a number of ways that Allsorts support young people:[/p][p]1. They facilitate age-appropriate groups, workshops and activities that are fun, interactive and often aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing.[/p][p]2. Provide safe spaces for young people to develop friendships with their peers.[/p][p]3. Through their advocacy service, they support young people who are 16+ to understand their rights should they ever face discrimination or issues as a result of their LGBTU identity.[/p][p]4. Support young people to feel more at ease with their gender identity, and sexual orientation and in exploring and understanding who they are.[/p][p]5. Provide specialist LGBTU youth support and education in schools, colleges and other youth settings, with the aim to positively promote LGBTU awareness and inclusion.[/p][p]6. Support young people to engage with mainstream services that range from careers advice to counselling and more.[/p][p]7. Provide young people with positive LGBT role models of varying ages, ethnicities, faiths, backgrounds, and abilities. This develops cross-generational understanding and a better sense of community history and diverse representation.[/p][p]8. Offering support to parents and carers.[/p][p]9. Celebrate diversity in all its forms including ethnicity, background, faith and ability.[/p]

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Supporters

Oct 7, 2020

Shen and Kitch

Well done Jay 🀍🀍🀍 much love xxx Shen and kitch xxx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 6, 2020

Sarah Fisher

Well done :)

Oct 4, 2020

Ilo

Congratulations both on reaching your ambitious target!

Oct 3, 2020

Anonymous

Lots of love to you, thank you for doing this.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 2, 2020

Lena

Go Alix and Jason!

Oct 2, 2020

Justine Geroche

You’re almost there!!! Good luck!

£10.00

Oct 2, 2020

Stevie

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 1, 2020

Evan

Well done on completing the marathon. Mabel says she would be able to out run you πŸ˜›

Oct 1, 2020

Anonymous

£5.00

Oct 1, 2020

Ludo

What an amazing thing to do, proud of both of you!