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Kaileigh Moreton

Kaileigh Moreton's fundraising page

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Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Hi and thanks for visiting my page. As some of you may know, the past year has been an interesting and somewhat challenging year. Following an awful accident on my wedding night, I had to undergo emergency repair surgery on my achilles tendon in a Cypriot hospital. I've learnt A LOT from this experience: [/p][p]1. It is very hard to make a cup of tea when you are on crutches and accepting help from people is important. [/p][p]2. Learning to walk again as an adult is REALLY hard (especially when your calf muscle is the size of a child's)! [/p][p]3. Calf raises are one of the most boring exercises.[/p][p]4. I have an amazing husband, mum and support network.[/p][p]5. It's the little things in life that count. [/p][p]With a physical injury, I had never really considered the impact it might have on my mental health. This injury is much more than just physical health. There were days going through my rehab, and there are still days now and I suspect more days to follow, where the Mind Monkey's and anxieties take over. Having suffered from anxiety for a number of years, some days it's easy to just let the negative thoughts take control. [/p][p]When I started to feel like I was spiralling back into a place where I wasn't happy with who I was or where I was with myself, I decided enough was enough and that action needed to be taken, which is why I've signed up for this charity walk. I want to show that you can overcome any challenge with the right tools and support. [/p][p]I've not been amazingly open in the past about my anxiety attacks and various insecurities, largely through fear that people would look at me differently, stop liking me, or that I could jeopardise my career in some way if I was seen as being anything less than strong. But I think that now is the time for honesty, this is in part an attempt to try and educate thousands of misguided others, like me, who bury their heads in the sand because they think it is the strong thing to do. I want to show that it is OK to not always be OK, and that equally it is OK to need to get help sometimes. It’s this stigma around mental health which we all need to be drilling away at. Whilst I have not personally used Mind, I have had access to counselling services and through these services, I have learnt how to help control my anxiety attacks and stress triggers and to just generally be a bit kinder to myself.[/p][p]The mental health services in the UK are pitifully underfunded and access to counselling and mental health services is difficult and can be expensive! We still prioritise physical wellbeing over mental wellbeing - no one bar a few people ever asked me how I was coping mentally during my injury, the focus was completely on the physical side of things.[/p][p]I am trying to raise money for Mind so that people like me and many others I know, can get better access to support and help. If you’d like to support me in my walk (25 miles on a dodgy leg is quite a lot right), I’d be eternally grateful.[/p][p]To find out more about Mind please visit www.mind.org.uk[/p][p]Many, many thanks![/p][p] [/p][p](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.)[/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

16 Sep 2018

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Supporters

Jul 3, 2018

Gavin Watson

I have had direct first hand experience of just how concerned and compassionate Kaileigh is with regards to the mental health issues she is raising money for... and all I can say is STOP Kaileigh, STOP, it is too much.

£1.00

Apr 23, 2018

Hannah

From a fellow Popsy Frocks and Friends!

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Feb 28, 2018

Krystal

£10.00

Feb 15, 2018

Susi Pasqualini

Thank you for sharing your story. Wishing you all of the very best on your walk. You'll do great!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Feb 8, 2018

Rosie

Good luck Kaileigh, this is a great thing you’re doing x

Feb 7, 2018

Sue and Steve Cutts

£20.00

Feb 7, 2018

Sarah Gilbranch

This is amazing Kaileigh, really well done!

Feb 5, 2018

Anonymous

Brave decision its a long walk. Behind you all the way Mum xx

£10.00

Feb 5, 2018

Anonymous

Read your story and think it’s about time anxiety after trauma is a big problem

£10.00

Feb 5, 2018

Seb

Awesome challenge after an awful challenge!! Best wishes xx

£20.00