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Edward Swain

Ed Swain runs the London Marathon 2020

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Hi![/p][p]My name is Ed and I will be running the London Marathon on 26 April 2020 for [b][u]The Mental Health Foundation[/u][/b].[/p][p]Mental health has always been a big part of my life. My mother is bipolar and has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals. Despite doctors advising against having children, my mother had me and my brother. We both graduated from university with degrees, both home owners and I qualified as a solicitor in 2017 whilst my brother has emigrated to Malta in 2019. My mother also had a very sucessful teaching career in primary education. No one should ever be discouraged from achieving their dreams due to mental health. For my mother it was teacing and having a family. For others it could be working in a certain industry or travelling the world.[/p][p]There is still a considerable lack of funding by central Government for mental health, which needs to change. There is also still a big mental health stigma in the professional working environment, particularly in the legal profession. Far too often people will not open up about mental health for fear of being perceived as “weak”.[/p][p]I firmly believe our mental health and wellbeing are just as important as our physical health and if it was treated the same as physical health we would be a more prosperous and open society. However, at the moment too many people with mental health feel isolated ashamed and worthless by people’s reaction to mental health.[/p][p]I want to help and contribute to changing this and improving access to mental health services. By raising money for [b][u]The Mental Health Foundation[/u][/b] you will be helping the charity to lobby the government for policy change and supporting the charities work to improve the lives of those who suffer from mental health at home, with family members, in the work place and in later life. You will also help the charity to fund transformational research. I am also running to raise awareness for mental health in the professional sphere.[/p][p]You can find out more about [b][u]The Mental Health Foundation[/u][/b] here: [url=https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/about-us/our-history] https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/about-us/our-history[/url][/p][p]Thank you for reading and I hope you can spare a donation using the links on this page![/p][p]Ed[/p]

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Supporters

Aug 20, 2019

Jerry Elsmore

With you all the way!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jul 27, 2019

Anonymous

Hope the training goes well, and you can enjoy the day

Jul 27, 2019

Emma

£30.00

Jul 25, 2019

Barbara and Dave Lugton

Good luck Ed! We'll be cheering you on.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jul 25, 2019

Sherwood family

The Sherwood family are so glad to support you. Your message is spot on, mental health issues aren’t given the same weight as physical health. We hope your training goes well Edward, and we’ll be watching the race on the day.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jul 24, 2019

Kenneth and Enid Tickle

Well done!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jul 23, 2019

Anonymous

Go for it.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jul 23, 2019

Anonymous

Well done you & best of luck Kathryn

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jul 23, 2019

Anonymous

Well done Ed. Good running! Love from Steph

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jul 21, 2019

Jackie Smith

Well done, Ed. Great charity to run for. Hope you raise loads of money xx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid