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Claire Hayes

London Marathon 2020 and 2021

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I’m running the London Marathon for Age UK because I believe no one should face the challenges of later life alone. It breaks my heart that so many older people feel lonely and isolated, [url=https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/loneliness-in-older-people/]with over 1 million regularly going over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member![/url] The impact of loneliness is significant. Physically, it can be as harmful to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and it isn’t just a state of being, [url=https://www.ageuk.org.uk/globalassets/age-uk/documents/reports-and-publications/reports-and-briefings/health--wellbeing/rb_june15_lonelines_in_later_life_evidence_review.pdf]as people with a high degree of loneliness are twice as likely to develop Alzheimers[/url] than those without.[/p][p]After losing my last grandparent and soulmate, Jessie, when I was 15, I really missed having contact with older people. So, when I first moved to London, I volunteered for Age UK Wandsworth on their Out and About scheme and was connected with five local people who I saw on rotation. Each week, I would pick them up and take them out in my car, wherever they wanted to go. A couple of the ladies I made friends with simply wanted to go to the shop but, due to mobility issues or a lack of confidence, this everyday activity had become impossible for them to do alone. This was a huge eye-opener for me - we take so much for granted. [/p][p]Of the five people I saw, Joyce was definitely my kindred spirit - a blind lady who lived in sheltered accommodation and [i]really[/i] loved a trip to the pub. As my mates will know, there aren’t many people I’d play designated driver and nurse a Coke for, but I happily did it for Joyce while she enjoyed her Pimms and lemonade (or three). [/p][p]As a society, we are becoming increasingly disconnected from the people and communities around us. Combine this with the continued cuts to our public services and an ageing population, and I believe the scale and severity of the challenges facing older people are only going to get worse. Age UK support older people and their families across the UK by offering advice, companionship and support. Truly vital services to those who desperately need them. [/p]

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Supporters

Oct 4, 2020

Sarah Turley

Goooooood luck you loon xx

£20.00

Oct 4, 2020

Anonymous

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jul 12, 2019

James

Fancy a drink ?

£10.00

Apr 10, 2019

Em and Ant XXX

Such a little legend!!!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 1, 2019

Greg

Good luck! x

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Mar 17, 2019

NICOLE CORREIA

Go Claire! Great charity. Enjoy this life changing experience! Nicole x

£26.20 plus £6.55 Gift Aid

Mar 14, 2019

Will Meighan

do a run

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Mar 14, 2019

Charlotte

Go smash it aunty claire. We know you will. See you at the finish line for a well deserved bev. Love you too much. From Charlotte, Boo and Freddie fats. Xx

£30.00

Mar 14, 2019

Sir Brian Hayes

Good on you Claire! We are delighted to support your outstanding efforts. All our love and best wishes. Uncle Brian and Auntie Priscilla xx

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Mar 13, 2019

j and J

Claire Good luck with the run. We think it is a great cause. Julia and John x

£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid