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Charlie Woods

Charlie Woods is running the London Marathon!

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My story

[p]It was two years ago, when I first arrived in Marietta, Pennsylvania, alone and bored, that I pulled on my trainers and jogged round the block - I could never have envisaged what would become of that first one mile run.[/p] [p]I’m now signed up to run the 2012 London Marathon on the 22[sup]nd[/sup] April![/p] [p]So, those of you who know me well will know that such an endeavour as running a marathon is maybe way out of my league. I believe that I’m biomechanically flawed (running like Charlie Chaplin) and even at school, was always puffed out by half time of any sports match that I was involved in. I’m going to prove it to you and myself, that I can do it![/p] [p]This new addiction to running and my everyday existence has however been marred by sporadic back pain, which I’ve continually suffered with since my teenage years. I’ve met many other brave people during my life whose pain and often silent suffering rightly trivialises my own problems. I was disappointed when I didn’t secure a ballot place in the marathon, but very excited to learn of the charity: BackCare, which I have decided to raise money for and run on behalf of.[/p] [p]BackCare, the only national charity for back pain, has made significant progress in reducing the burden of back pain by providing support and education to everyone affected by back pain. To date, BackCare has:[/p] [ul] [li]Set up a [url=http://www.backcare.org.uk/382/BackCare_Helpline.html]telephone helpline[/url] to assist people with back pain[/li] [li]Produced numerous award winning [url=http://www.backcare.org.uk/498/Booklets.html]information booklets[/url] [/li] [li]Developed a highly visible website[/li] [li]Awarded more than £1 million in back pain research funding[/li] [li]Successfully lobbied governmental and non-governmental bodies to take action on providing effective back care[/li] [/ul] [p]BackCare’s plans for the future?[/p] [p]They don’t want to stop there. In 2008, back pain affected almost 50% of adults in the UK – that’s 30 million people.  4 out of 5 of us will experience back pain at some stage in our lives and it is just as common in adolescents as it is in adults, with 30% of teenagers affected. Back pain has a significant and sometimes devastating impact on personal lives; back pain also results in more than £1.6 billion in health care costs each year.  Similarly, almost 4 million working days were lost as a result of back pain in 2005-06 and back pain is the number two reason for sickness absence in the UK.[/p] [p]I’ve set a target of £2,012 to raise for BackCare. It seems like a long way off at the moment, but I’m hoping with your help that I can smash this target and make a difference to people’s lives.[/p] [p]If you or someone else you know has been affected by back pain, I’m sure you’ll agree that giving even just a few pounds to promote this charity is a worthwhile cause. I look forward to your words of support in the coming months and even seeing you on the day! And yes, I’m more nervous about this than I was before Total Wipeout, The One Show and moving to America put together![/p] [p]Best wishes, Charlie (A.K.A: woodseee / Chest Hair Charlie) Xxx[/p] [p]For Total Wipeout humiliation, see 07:40 of [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcotWZPMIXI]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcotWZPMIXI[/url][/p] [p]For One Show Mass Wax Off for Comic Relief humiliation, see [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s53-Ot1thJs]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s53-Ot1thJs [/url][/p] [p]or 10:30 of [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGPRI7bQLow]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGPRI7bQLow[/url][/p]

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Apr 23, 2012

Dave & Han

What was harder, total wipeout or the London marathon?! Well done Woodsie, top job. Dave & Han

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Apr 23, 2012

Brian Hammond

Thanks a million for running for Backcare well done

£7.05 plus £1.76 Gift Aid

Apr 23, 2012

Alan

Well done Charlie, hope it hasn't taken too much out of you.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 22, 2012

Cara Armstrong

Good luck Charlie! :-)

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Apr 21, 2012

Shelley & Nick

Good luck Charlie

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 21, 2012

chris&Peter

Good luck Charlie

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 21, 2012

Richard Cuss

Good Luck!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 19, 2012

Becky Melvin

Good luck Charlie! I hope your hairy chest doesn't weigh you down xx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 19, 2012

Mayur (MDJ)

The training wil pay off my man, proud of ya!

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Apr 18, 2012

Hazel G

Run run run Charlie!!!! Good luck!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid