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Darren Cooper

Darren Cooper's fundraising page

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Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Hey! Thanks for visiting my fundraising page. [/p][p][/p][p][b]An update![/b][/p][p]So. I ran the 2017 London Marathon and, unfortunately for me, it was a dissapointment. My time (4:58:20) was slower than I'd hoped, but it's given me a real impetus to keep running. It was hard going and I was gutted (including taking a good minute to be able to smile for my finisher photo) - my friends can attest.[/p][p]In addition to the dissapointment on race day, I also didn't manage to hit my fundraising target for United Response. They've been fantastically supportive and together, we've decided my fundraising will continue. Obviously I'm not just asking for your money while I sit here doing nothing. I've got a few things planned and your support would be very much appreciated, donations or otherwise. Over th next few months, I'll be:[/p][ul][li]Running the Swansea Half Marathon (25th June)[/li][li]Running the Bristol Half Marathon (17th September)[/li][li]Hosting a fundraising event in London (date TBC)[/li][/ul][p]I want to continue raising money for United Response as long as possible, but the initial goal is to hit my fundraising target. Anything you can donate would be very gratefully received.[/p][p]Thanks again![/p][p][/p][p]Darren[/p][p]----[/p][p][b]It's happening again...[/b][/p][p]Yes, my madness has driven me to run the London Marathon for a second time, with my inner competitive streak meaning that I have a goal to beat my previous time, and another goal to smash my previous time. I'll leave you to figure out which one I'm aiming for.[/p][p][/p][p][b]Why am I running?[/b][/p][p]Aside from my competitive streak? There are a couple of reasons.[/p][p]Personally, I've lived with Generalised Anxiety Disorder for over a decade, but have been fortunate enough to manage this well, and have access to appropriate support and interventions when I've needed them. In recent years, I have seen others live with their own mental health issues, but with far less support than I have received. To this end, I've wanted to do something to raise awareness (and funds) for a charity that works in this area.[/p][p]United Response is a UK charity that supports people with learning disabilities, and mental and physical support needs to live their lives to the full. You can find out more at the [url=http://www.unitedresponse.org.uk]United Response website[/url] or [url=https://twitter.com/unitedresponse]twitter account[/url].[/p][p]As part of its work, United Response also supports individuals with autism. Having personal experience of autism within my family and friends, raising funds for this charity brings an added benefit to the challenge in addition to my own personal experiences with mental health. United Response support a broad range of individuals and their families with their support needs.[/p][p][/p][p][b]Why should you donate?[/b][/p][p]Because you are all very lovely people, obviously. Your money would go to support an amazing cause, and you'll be able to keep up to date with my progress in terms of training and fundraising. I'll even be looking to hold a few fundraising events. I have my target, obviously, but it would be amazing to smash that (much like I'm going to smash my previous time - I might even post that closer to the event).[/p][p][/p][p][b]How can you donate?[/b][/p][p]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p][p]If you want to sponsor me offline, then let me know, otherwise get your plastic doing its job![/p][p][/p][p][b]THANKS! And hopefully you'll enjoy everything I post about my journey from today until April 23rd 2017...[/b][/p]

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Jul 4, 2017


£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Jun 29, 2017


Congratulations Darren, keep on running for a very worthy cause.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jun 13, 2017



May 6, 2017

Fiona Smith

May 3, 2017


£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 29, 2017


Rather you than me! I know you're disappointed with your time, but you ran a marathon. A MARATHON. You're awesome, so keep being awesome.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2017


Very proud of you Chickpea xxx

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 25, 2017


Well done mate!!!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 24, 2017

Pam and Gerald Llanelli

Better late than never!! Well done.


Apr 24, 2017


Well done!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid