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John Anderton

From Couch to 25 miles

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][b]From Couch to 25 miles[/b][/p][p]As a pie-eating couch potato, my challenge is to get into running – slowly building up from zero to 25 miles in one go by 20th September 2019. [/p][p]So, the question is: Why would I do this to myself?[/p][p][url=https://www.maryfrancestrust.org.uk/]Mary Frances Trust (MFT),[/url] the organisation I work for, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. 25 years of supporting people in Surrey with their mental health and emotional wellbeing, helping them regain self-esteem, bringing them the prospect of recovery, the confidence to rebuild their lives, and enabling them to access opportunities around work, education and leisure in the wider community.[/p][p]So 25 miles is a mile for every year our amazing organisation has been supporting people with their mental health, and I’ll be doing it on Friday 20th September 2019 to coincide with our celebration event on the 21st. It will be over a pre-arranged 25 mile route, recorded on GPS, and have people along the route to validate that I completed my challenge.[/p][p]But this challenge is more than about running 25 miles and whipping myself back into shape. It is also about raising awareness of mental health and overcoming stigma, including my own! I work every day for a mental health charity, yet I have never talked about my own experiences. Many years ago, I experienced quite severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which affected my life considerably. So I will use the time running, and this challenge, to bring out into the light the importance of opening up and how physical activity can improve your emotional wellbeing. [/p][p]Through this journey, I hope to encourage as many people as possible who are struggling with their mental health to try some type of exercise. Or encourage someone, who knows someone else living with emotional wellbeing issues, to support them to get out and be active. When you are unwell, it takes so much effort to get out and do things on your own, so supporting a person’s wellbeing by supporting them to be active could change their lives. [/p][p]The money I’m hoping to raise will go to MFT to provide more groups, activities and courses for the people who need our support. It would mean a lot if you could sponsor me in any way that you can! I will share with you news of my progress, every time I reach a new milestone.[/p][p]Thank you![/p][p]John [/p]
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Jul 16, 2019

A trustee

Go John! Fantastic that you are doing this for the Mary Frances Trust on top of the great job you already do

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jul 9, 2019

Jeremy Ross

You can do it, John

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 15, 2019



May 8, 2019

Parvin Ahmed

Good luck John


May 4, 2019

Jean Rowe


May 2, 2019


Good cause John. I am so great full to Mary Frances Trust x


Apr 10, 2019

Anne Obrien

Good luck john great thing your doing


Apr 2, 2019

Beccy Ashford

Good luck John!


Mar 26, 2019

Hazel Hannam

Best of British Potatoes (the 'couch' variety) to you!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Mar 23, 2019


£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid