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Mandy Macqueen

2020 London Marathon to support mental health

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][b]Mandy Macqueen [/b][/p][p]I am a 51 year old wife and mother taking on the challenge of the Virgin Money Giving London 2020 Marathon to support [i]The Counselling Foundation[/i], a local counselling charity, where I am a trustee. [/p][p]Promoting positive mental health is a cause close to my heart, and it is an honour to help to raise the profile and awareness of our charity and counselling services. [/p][p]One in four people suffer from a range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, bereavement or life changing events. Counselling can improve family life, reduce isolation and encourage people back into paid or volunteering work. [/p][p]We believe everyone should have someone to talk to and we offer subsidised counselling on a sliding scale of fees where we ask clients to make a contribution towards the cost of their weekly session based on income, subject to a minimum fee.[/p][p][i]The Counselling Foundation[/i] receive no government funding and to ensure we continue to maintain the subsidised element of our counselling service for those that need it, public donations are crucial. The charity requires £250,000 from fundraising and its’ other ventures to support this work. Every pound that is donated will go directly to top up weekly charitable counselling sessions for those on low incomes.[/p][p]With the strong link between physical fitness and good mental health, the London Marathon is a great fundraising activity for our counselling charity to be part of.[/p][p][b]What has inspired you to run on behalf of the Foundation? [/b][/p][p]I have seen friends and family suffering due to the shortage of mental health services. This is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of the great mental health work the charity does and raise funds to support our charitable work.[/p][p][b]Are you a regular runner?[/b] [/p][p]I always run 3 times a week, even when on holiday or abroad with work. I am slow and steady (over 1 hour for 10k) at the bottom level of 'proper' runners but I love it.[/p][p][b]Have you run a Marathon in the past? What will your training plan look like?[/b][/p][p]I have only done one marathon before, Brighton 2010, and I vowed having ticked this massive challenge off my bucket list I would never do another! [/p][p]My training plan is 3 days of running per week with some strength training and cross training. The goal is to avoid injury while being fully prepared for the 26 miles.[/p][p][b]What do you think will be your biggest challenges?[/b][/p][p]Avoiding injury - both as a runner over 50 (I will be 52) and due to my dog Harvey who trains with me and nearly trips me up sometimes. [/p][p][b]Are you planning other Fundraising/event ideas to help boost awareness and funds?[/b][/p][p]We have started working on ideas and I will put more updates when we have progressed them. [/p][p][b]What meal will you have the night before?[/b][/p][p]High carbs obviously, probably pasta and chicken.[/p][p][b]What music will you be listening to get you round?[/b][/p][p]Using bone conducting headphones I will be listening to dance music and an audio book. [/p][p][b]Who will be there to cheer you on the day?[/b][/p][p]The crowds in London will really help and technology will allow family and friends to monitor my progress. I can call people hands free if I need a boost.[/p][p][b]What will you do to celebrate when you cross the finish line?[/b][/p][p]Eat some chocolate and sit down. [/p][p][b]Personal message from Mandy[/b][/p][p]If you can find a way to support me in doing this great challenge for our fantastic charity it would be much appreciated by myself, the charity and all the people who will be able to benefit from our services. It will mean a lot. Thanks so much for anything you can give.[/p][p][b]Finally[/b] [/p][p]Mandy follows in the footsteps of our marathon runner from 2018, Barrie Johnston, a ‘Great in 8’ local fitness and wellbeing coach. He was inspired to run the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon for our counselling charity that started him on his journey to overcome his anxiety and depression seven years ago.[/p]
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Feb 14, 2020


Feb 2, 2020

Katie and Dave

Good luck!

Jan 28, 2020

Us and Midge xx

Very proud of you! Know you will put all your efforts into heading for that finishing line.

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jan 27, 2020

Bernard Bailey

Very best of luck.

£26.00 plus £6.50 Gift Aid

Jan 25, 2020

Mark and Sarah

What a fantastic cause to be supporting. You’ll do wonderfully and we’ll be supporting you every step of the way :-) x

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jan 24, 2020


Good luck with the training Mandy

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jan 24, 2020


Go Mandy! What a fabulous cause. If you protect one family from the consequences of untreated depression it is worth every step. Thank you!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jan 24, 2020

Neill family

Mandy, you're an inspiration! A great cause to support. We'll be cheering for you!

Jan 23, 2020


Hi Mandy, wishing you great success on the training and the marathon. All for a great cause!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jan 21, 2020


Best wishes from all at the KCS Team.