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Hugh Baillie-Lane

Manchester Half Marathon

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My story

[p]On October the 13th I am running my first ever half marathon in Manchester. It's actually my longest race over 5k… [/p][p]I am running in aid of a charity that is extremely close to my heart – a vital mental health charity for young people in St Albans called Youth Talk. [/p][p]I’ve chosen Youth Talk for a couple of reasons. I was inspired partly by the work of people like Bella Mackie and Isabel Hardman who have spoken so brilliantly about the importance of exercise to their mental health. As we all know, mental health issues are on the rise for young people, so this charity is even more relevant now. I know from personal experience. [/p][p]I also wanted to raise some money for a charity that has given me so much and sponsored runs are the way that’s done, right? [/p][p]I have seen all sides of Youth Talk as a charity. Initially I campaigned for them, I then joined the board as a Trustee for three years, and most recently I have accessed their services and experienced first hand what I always knew to be the case – Youth Talk is a vital service, doing vital work, and one that quite literally saves lives. [/p][p]After a difficult few years of sinking lower and lower in a spiral of anxiety, panic attacks and a worsening depression I sought professional help in the summer of 2018. Though outwardly I pretended all was well, I needed help. There is no exaggeration in stating that my therapist helped me to save my own life. I don’t mean this phrase in its grimmest sense, but in the sense that she helped me to understand myself and how my brain functions and I’m now much better equipped than I was a year ago. I’ve worked hard on my mental capacity to cope, to improve my mental (and physical) wellbeing, and become much better at taking a breath. We have worked extremely hard at making me well again, building up my emotional literacy, resilience and understanding of myself. I feel about 6 inches taller because of it. [/p][p]I will always be in debt to her, and to Youth Talk. Everything and anything I build in my life will be based on the foundations I have prepared there. [/p][p]You can find out more about Youth Talk [url=http://www.youthtalk.org.uk/about-us]here[/url]. It’s a bloody brilliant charity and one that thoroughly deserves your support. It is a place of safety, of strength and most importantly, of hope. [/p][p]If you can afford to do so, please consider sponsoring me so that others can benefit from what I have been so fortunate to experience.[/p][p]My therapy cost over £1000, hence my target.[/p][p]Thank you. [/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

13 Oct 2019



Oct 29, 2019

Martin Malcolm-Brown

Good on you Hugh for raising awareness of this great charity! I read your letter in the Herts Advertiser and I learned a lot from it. Keep up the good work :)


Oct 20, 2019

Lib Gorton

Thank you for your admirable letter in the Herts Ad. I hope you did well in the half marathon.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 19, 2019


Good words, Hugh.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 19, 2019

Farraway family

Well done Hugh, for running and writing in the herts ad on behalf of a great cause.


Oct 15, 2019

Bella Galliford

Here's wishing you every success with the run. Congratulations on your wonderful article in the St Albans Advertiser, raising awareness of the fantastic support available from Youth Talk.


Oct 14, 2019

Jo and Jon Easter

Well done Hugh!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 14, 2019


Make sure you run forward, not up. I don’t want a repeat of St. Michael’s sports days tekkers

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 14, 2019

Alison Thorne

Oct 13, 2019

Doma and Philip

Great achievement Hugh, well done!

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Oct 13, 2019


Well done Hugh!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid