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Christian Amos

Virgin London Marathon 2019

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]This time, it's personal.....[/p][p]For those of you who know me you will understand that life hasn't always been easy. In my early twenties I suffered from varying degrees of Cancer which led to repeated surgery and chemotherapy over the period of about three years. [/p][p]As a twenty-odd year old you feel invincible with the majority of your life before you, if you're lucky the excellent treatment that you are provided will work and after a bit of recovery you return to normal. That is, until you get older and think of having a family. [/p][p]You see chemotherapy, although life-saving leaves plenty of young men unable to have their own family without looking at other intervention. [/p][p]The long and short is that as a career soldier in 2012 my wife and I decided for a number of reasons that we would start the lengthy adoption process to enable us to have our own family. We were, to put it bluntly, turned down out of hand by the Local Authority that we applied to - apparently Sarah and I had not faced "Challenges in our marriage" and would probably find adoption a bit too much to handle. It's laughable but not uncommon for Military Families, and of course it's deeply distressing and frustrating. [/p][p]But there is another way. SSAFA understand that Adoption, is among one of many challenges that face a military family so they have their own Voluntary Adoption team - who knew! [/p][p]Adoption is, rightly, never going to be an easy process, and SSAFA don't exist to provide Military Families with a 'free pass' to adopt children, in fact in hindsight, they are more thorough than many other agencies out there. [/p][p]The process took over 18 months but resulted in us adopting our two children Leo & Laila who are siblings. It’s an ongoing journey but in the last four years we’ve had our ups and downs, more importantly our children have an opportunity to develop and choose their own futures that may have previously been out of their hands.[/p][p]This year we return for our 3rd annual SSAFA Adoptive Families summer camp to meet some old and new friends and understand how they are getting on. That’s another thing, we’ve met new friends who we know will be friends for life all through SSAFA. [/p][p]We know that beyond the summer camps they are there for us should we ever need them and that provides us with surety that someone is there. [/p][p]But here’s the kicker, they support all serving personnel regardless of rank and time served whether you were in the Army, Navy or RAF. And that support extends to all Veterans, more of which can be found at the below link: [/p][p][url=https://www.ssafa.org.uk/]https://www.ssafa.org.uk/[/url][/p][p]Sorry for the long story but there is so much to tell. In the meanwhile this, still overweight, always aging, mid forty year old is at it again! [/p][p]Time to dust off the shoes and up the mileage, I want to get under 4:30 but really would like 4:15 and under (2 years and 5kg ago I got 4:22 so either way it’s a big ask! ??????????????[/p][p]If you can support, no matter how small the amount, you’ll be helping a wealth of people, young and old, across a range of social needs, YOU will make a difference - I will do the miles![/p][p]I’ll keep you all updated on my progress as I go![/p][p]Thanks in advance, Fatty is on the way![/p]
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Apr 29, 2019


From Anne’s friend Teri and the Taxi driver who brought us back from the station today!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019


Well done bro, couldn’t be more proud!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2019

Paul and Amanda

Good luck tomorrow Chris x

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2019


Hope the day goes well!

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2019


Best of luck mate👍👍👍

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2019

John McAllister

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2019


Enjoy the jog mate! Best of luck, Richard, Debbie and family

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2019

Andy Mac

Good luck to a good guy


Apr 26, 2019

stu r

When the going gets tough... think of crispy kremes... i mean the IOW adventure & **** yerself laughing! All the best amigo 🤘x

£26.20 plus £6.55 Gift Aid

Apr 26, 2019


Good luck Chris!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid