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Ann Stephenson

Running Dublin Marathon

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Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]At the moment I am training really hard for my first full marathon which I will run in Dublin on October 28th. While I am all too aware of the persistent request for funds for charities, I only ever intend to run one marathon (famous last words) and therefore this will be a once off plea for a relatively small charity. The charity in question is the ‘Aisling return to Ireland’ foundation and no donation is too small. [/p][p]Britain has always been the principal destination of Irish immigrants and today it is not uncommon for Irish people to work in London and commute to Ireland at the weekend. It almost seems illogical therefore that so many migrant workers were never repatriated and that despite its proximity some of these men never set foot in Ireland again. Many of these migrant workers were from poor rural backgrounds and had no experience of city living. While most thrived and made England their home, many others became lonely and marginalised. These men sought refuge in the plethora of Irish bars in London. After a hard day on a construction site the convivial Public house became a home away from home and the ‘doss house’ (hostel) a place to get ‘a lie down’. Long arduous days of physical labour were concluded in the pub and not surprisingly alcohol problems developed. Many of these men never returned home to Ireland, even on holiday, they never married, had families, or integrated in any way. They became fragmented, isolated, and filled with an enormous sense of shame at having let their families in Ireland down. Psychologically the journey back home became harder and harder and the grip of alcoholism became tighter. [/p][p]Aisling is an Irish name which means ‘Dream’ or ‘Vision’ and the charity was set up some 25 years ago to try and support and repatriate these workers. It receives funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland and has Ardal O’Hanlon, aka ‘Father Dougal’ from the ‘Father Ted’ series, as its patron. Dara O’Brien and Graham Norton also support Ardal in his endeavours with the charity. [/p][p]Below is a snippet from the charity’s website which lists the sterling work this charity does for a generation of men who helped build many cities in the United Kingdom. I would really appreciate your support in helping me assist this forgotten section of society. [/p][p][url=http://aisling.org.uk/?page_id=14]http://aisling.org.uk/?page_id=14[/url] [/p][p]The Aisling Return to Ireland Project is a London based charitable organisation working with Irish emigrants who are vulnerable, homeless and alone. The Aisling Project helps Irish men and women to reconnect with their homeland and enables vulnerable Irish people to return home to Ireland to live in a supportive environment.[/p][p]The aims of the Aisling Project are:[/p][p]· Reaching out to Irish people who are vulnerable, isolated and alone.[/p][p]· Providing supported holidays in Ireland for long-term emigrants, fulfilling what is for many a dream of seeing their homeland again.[/p][p]· Helping long-term emigrants reconnect with their families and friends.[/p][p]· Helping long-term emigrants resettle in Ireland.[/p][p]· Offering a friendly supportive service in an environment that encourages self-worth and personal development.[/p][p]Building trust in order to develop future support and continuing friendship[/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

28 Oct 2018


Dec 6, 2018


Off line donations from Jean Lance, Joan Ryan and Peter Waters


Nov 24, 2018

Tim and Eleanor

Well done

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Nov 15, 2018

Cate Scott

Better late than ..... Well done and good luck with hitting your target! Cate

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Nov 8, 2018


Well done Ann! Onto the next one now! Niall

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 30, 2018

Oakleigh Physio

Well done Ann. A great achievement. Now you can enjoy your holiday!!


Oct 30, 2018

Berna and Jack


Oct 29, 2018


Congratulations Ann xx Welcome to the club ;-)

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 27, 2018


Well done ladies. Dave B from BADAC.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 26, 2018


Go Ann! Very best of luck! Victoria and Jamie xxx

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Oct 26, 2018

Tom Corkery

Hi Ann, I ran the Cork City Marathon for Aisling in 2010. Great to see you are running in Dublin this year. Enjoy the day and all that training will be worth while when you cross the finish line to the cheers of the crowd. Tom Corkery

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid