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Andrew Stephens

Running London Marathon for TBH CRUK D-UK

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

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My story

[p]Now Running the Virtual London Marathon on Sunday 4th October 2020 [/p][p]My story - Andrew Stephens (son of Mavis Stephens)[/p][p]I decided to give myself a personal target in April 2018 to train, not for “Couch to 5K” but “Couch to Half Marathon” with the Llanelli half marathon in February 2019 my initial goal. Having been my mother’s (Mavis) carer for over twenty five years, she very rarely went out of the house unless I was to take her as she felt she was in safe hands with me. The 29th December 2017 was the defining day when I felt I couldn’t cope anymore and I finally called out for help. Mam had been hallucinating more frequently over the last fifteen months, and when coming home from work I could see that she was in distress from her surroundings and something had to be done.[/p][p]A phone call to the Doctor’s surgery at 5:45pm on the Friday before New Year’s wasn’t the ideal time to call but it had to be done. Mam was admitted to Prince Phillip Hospital Llanelli and within a day or two her state of mind become more frantic. It was clear that Mam would not be able to come back to live with me. The difficulty of seeing the person who raised you and who you have been caring for, for so long not even recognising you was enormously heart-breaking.[/p][p]Anyway now mam is in a residential home and although it has been a difficult adjustment for us all, mam is looking better than she has for years by having 24/7 attention and being stimulated daily and even going out like she did many years ago.[/p][p]Mam was diagnosed with dementia the week before her 90th birthday which is 19th March, and even though I’ve received training as a dementia friend, is only when you live with someone with dementia that you truly appreciate what they are going through.[/p][p]So from not running since I left school in 1980 I decided at 54, to do a Parkrun on 7th April 2018, join Llanelli Athletic Club and started on a C25K program who have helped and supported me all the way, and I’ve surprised myself that I have actually enjoyed running. [/p][p]April 2019 I became senior men’s captain, was voted most improved male runner of the year, ran various 5Ks, 10K, Cross Country and a few Half Marathons in twelve months. having also gained promotion from division 3 to division 2, through the clubs Grand Prix season 2018/2019. I’ve completed my LIRF (Leadership In Running Fitness) and now help out with Llanelli Athletics Club C25K groups and leading “We Can Run Llanelli” Running group and a trail running group in the National Botanical Garden of Wales. [/p][p]I entered the ballot for the Virgin London Marathon 2020 and surprised that I got a place at the first attempt. Training is going well after a few injury issues towards the end of 2019 but I'am determine to start and cross the finish line when I step on the start line in London (date TBC)[/p][p]Running has helped me enormously both physically and mentally, as it’s not something I would have been able to spend time doing in the past due to work and out of work commitments. In 2015 I sustained a back injury which resulted in a spell in hospital and nearly six months off work and not being able to drive for over nine months, this on top of being my mother’s carer.[/p][p]I have set up a Virgin Money Giving page, to support not only Dementia UK but Ty Bryngwyn Hospice Llanelli where I am Vice Chairman of the fundraising committee and Cancer Research UK where I was chairman of the Llanelli Branch. [/p][p]Many thanks [/p][p]Andrew [/p]
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Mar 8, 2020

Ian James

Good luck Andrew. We all behind you

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Feb 20, 2020

Zoe

Pob lwc Andrew. You’ve got this!

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Feb 20, 2020

Paul

Good luck and well done.

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Feb 18, 2020

Sue and Byron Thomas

Andrew - Good luck in all that you undertake. You're doing a fantastic job supporting 3 special charities...

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Feb 15, 2020

James Hixson

Good luck Andrew fantastic causes to raise money for best of luck for the marathon

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Feb 15, 2020

Anonymous

Good luck Andrew from us all x

£75.00 plus £18.75 Gift Aid

Feb 15, 2020

Robert

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid