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Lesley Gleeson

Lesley Colman's fundraising page

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My story

[p]Hi, thanks for visiting my page. 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][b]About me....[/b][/p][p]If you are not aware of my running history here it is in a nutshell. I have always entered Race For Life to raise money for Cancer Research, but never seriously ran it. In Sept 2012 I decided that I actually enjoyed 'this running lark' so I joined the local running club, Chippenham Harriers. Within six months I had run a 5km race, a 10km race and the Bath Half Marathon in March 2013. I had caught the bug! In the last two years I have run numerous 5km races, approximately twenty 10km races and ran my 7th Half Marathon on Sunday 19[sup]th[/sup] Oct in Devizes! (Four of them in the previous eleven weeks!). I have always said to those who have asked if I will do a Marathon, that I am not interested / not ready / not mad (debatable!), however when the FHA made the offer, how could I refuse?! I thought if you are going to do a marathon, you have to do London AND you have to raise money. Knowing that you are helping others really helps to motivate you on those dark, rainy mornings.[/p][p][b]About the Family Holiday Association....[/b][/p][p]They are a charitable organisation based in the UK, with their HQ in London. They help families to enjoy a day out or a break, enabling them to bond again after suffering heartache or a low period, and learn to enjoy life together as a family unit. As somebody who grew up in Swansea by the sea I can't imagine any teenager never having experienced the excitement of being by the seaside or a family holiday. So when the FHA approached me in 2007 as the person responsible in FGW for Charity Partnerships I knew that this would be a productive and worthwhile relationship, benefitting both organisations. If you wish to learn more about their efforts and achievements, please visit [/p][p]www.FamilyHolidayAssociation.org.uk[/p][p]Thank you ever so much for supporting both myself in my challenge and the FHA to continue their good work.[/p][p]Watch this space for updates on my fundraising activities and events....[/p][p]Lesley x[/p][p] [/p][p]UPDATE 27.11.14[/p][p]Hi all, Just a quick update on fundraising and training....So far with sponsorship through this site, Just Giving, Offline Sponsorship, Matched Funding from FirstGroup (well application is in, fingers crossed!) and the sale of raffle tickets I have raised just over £1000 of the £1400 pledged! This is amazing ...I am so overwhelmed by the support, thank you to everyone :-)[/p][p]Raffle tickets still on sale for £1, draw taking place on 15th Dec. For a full list of prizes email me on lesley.colman@firstgroup.com[/p][p]As Dale says "You have to be in it, to win it!" :-)[/p][p]Training plan started in earnest on Monday and stuck to it so far ha ha! Only another 23 weeks to go! Most plans are written for 17 weeks but I have created a plan which allows me to have a recovery week every 4th week. My body will thank me for it! Also my long runs on a Sunday will increase from 6 to 22 miles in 1 mile increments wheras the 17 week plan ends up going up in 2 miles. Psychologically I don't think I could do this so happier with my plan :-)[/p][p]Anyway watch this space.....another update after the raffle is drawn[/p][p]Byeeee! :-)[/p][p] [/p][p]UPDATE 03.01.15[/p][p]Hi all,[/p][p]I hope that you all had a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year?[/p][p]Well, 2015 is here which means that it's now the year that I do my first marathon....gulp! [/p][p]I must say how impressed I was with my stamina over Christmas. Not just with the training but also with the abstinence from the drinking ha ha! Easy when you have a goal I suppose....:-)[/p][p]The training plan is being followed to the letter, with runs even being carried out on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year's Eve. Dedication or madness I don't know but am happy with progress. Tomorrow is a bit of a milestone in that it is the first time I will have done over a Half Marathon. 14 miles to do and then plus one more every week until I get to 22. Recovery week next week (week 8) so looking forward to the rest :-)[/p][p]The fundraising is amazing! I cannot believe the support I have received....it really is overwhelming. The raffle raised a fantastic £921 and to top it all I was given an IPad Air the day of the draw so I did a '2-day only' raffle for Milford House (FGW HQ) - £5 a ticket which raised another £300! So with both raffles, the Sponsorship pages/form and the First Group Matched Funding I have raised just under £2400!!!!![/p][p]The FHA are absolutely thrilled and wish to thank you all for your support - you really do not know what this means for the families they help :-D[/p][p]Anyway I am going to change my Dress Down Day from Jan to Feb.... I think my colleagues need a break from me and my fundraising! The DDD was originally supposed to be the event to kick-start the fundraising - little did I know how much support I would have up to now![/p][p]I also have been given another 'Money Can't Buy' prize which I am going to auction in March....watch this space![/p][p]Bye for now![/p][p]L x[/p][p] UPDATE 14.02.15[/p][p]Well I held my Dress Down Day yesterday and to say it was a success it an understatement! :-D[/p][p]I was disappointed that not as many people as I had hoped embraced the 'Wear something holiday related' theme - many had to attend a meeting with the Directors so it would not have been appropriate attire. However those meetings proved to be to my advantage as they were also attended by many of the Senior Managers from across the First Great Western network and really helped to boost the fundraising![/p][p]My friends in FGW are master bakers and their contributions to the cake sale filled two tables! There was even a savoury element which added to the interest and sales. [/p][p]I raised a staggering £231.77 which is double the usual amount for a Dress Down Day so thank you to everyone who supported me :-D[/p][p]Watch this space ....auction coming soon! :-)[/p][p]Lesley x[/p][p] [/p][p]UPDATE 22.03.15[/p][p]If you woke up this morning and looked out the window, you most probably thought 'Yuk!!' and went back to bed to get that extra hour of sleep you missed out on during the night (clocks went forward!!). However in that lashing rain and 70mph gusts of wind I was running from Devizes to Bath along the canal towpath!! Yes, I have done my 22 miles!! Last long run before the big M which is 4 weeks today...well, 'long' as in not in the 20's ha ha! Next two Sundays I am working and staying in Reading so will do 13-15 miles, then 8 miles and then the big M! [/p][p]After today whatever the weather throws at me I can do the 26.2!! :-)[/p][p]Thanks to everyone for their continued support, be it monetary or words of encouragement. I really do appreciate it :-)[/p][p]Oh and really sorry, but I didn't manage to get the auction sorted in time. Has been a bit difficult to arrange :-( Next time I hope![/p][p]Last efforts at fundraising during April - another Dress Down Day on Fri 10th with another cake sale and a 'Guess My Time' game. Due to Easter holidays I don't expect a great response however the last one more than made up for it!![/p][p]Well, 4 weeks more of intense training and 4 weeks more of zero alcohol.Yes that's right, ladies and gentleman, Lesley has officially been 'dry' for 3 weeks. Which has driven Mark to drink ha ha![/p][p]L xx[/p]

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Apr 28, 2015

Andy Mellors

Well done Lesley!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 24, 2015


Good luck my lovely!xxx

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Apr 8, 2015

Mark Stephens

You should know you are truly an inspiration to me and to others!!! Well done, and when it hurts just remember "Pain is only temporary, Glory is forever" XX

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Mar 18, 2015

Angie and all at Experience Holidays

Good Luck Lesley!


Mar 6, 2015

Mike Greedy

Go for it Lesley

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Jan 11, 2015

Mike Hogg

Good luck with the run Lesley. Sorry it's late - for some unaccountable reason your note got lost in my e-mail inbox....!

£35.00 plus £8.75 Gift Aid

Jan 8, 2015

Sarah Messam

Very best of luck Lesley, I know you'll do great though! Sarah M xx

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jan 1, 2015

Ed S

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Dec 14, 2014

Robin Davis

Rhedeg fel y gwynt...ac gobeithio nad ydych yn cael gwynt

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Dec 4, 2014


Nutter! Hope it all goes smoothly....

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