Martin Underhay

Martin Underhay

London Marathon April 22nd 2018

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Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Hi Everyone,[/p][p]As some of you may be aware I am running the 2018 London Marathon.[/p][p]I managed to get in through the ballot, not a charity place. I am not trying to hit a specific target but I would like to raise money for an incredible charity that can change lives. A charity that could have supported my family throughout my upbringing had it been around.[/p][p]I would like to raise money for the fantastic charity, MIND. [/p][p]Mind Brief Overview: [b]We’re Mind, the mental health charity. We believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We’re here for you. Today. Now. Whether you’re stressed, depressed or in crisis. We’ll listen, give support and advice, and fight your corner.[/b][/p][p]A lot of you know me as a happy go lucky guy, nothing worries me and although I am not everyone's cup of tea, I say things how they are.[/p][p]I always try to make people laugh, whether its me being a bit silly, or with quick wit or controversial wit. I believe smiling and laughter are fundamental to a happy life which is why my sense of humour is what it is.[/p][p]What people don't know is that mental health problems within my immediate family have been a major part of my life for over 40 years. My Mother has had mental health problems for as long as I can remember. In fact, the memories of my mother being completely free of mental health problems are so faint that I can barely remember her without mental health problem and its so sad.[/p][p]My Childhood memories consist of every few months, my mum would be taken to a mental health unit following another breakdown, often the Digby Unit in Exminster just outside of Exeter, and then throughout my teen years she was often admitted to the now defunct Edith Morgan Unit at Torbay Hospital where I would visit her in my lunchbreaks and be so depressed when I would leave due to the fact I could not believe what mum was going through. It was hard to take. [/p][p]Ive never been good at talking about this and if I am honest and I have swept it all under the carpet for years. My mum has struggled with her health all of my adult life and her mental health has certainly been the 'main player' with regards to her health. In the last 15 years she has not been anything but in a bad way in particular. I see her and I literally get nothing back 95% of the time. No conversation, and certainly nothing that resembles my mum before I was 10 years old. Sometimes I don't even know if she knows I am there. She calls me on the phone, and says absolutely nothing, and I mean nothing. No answers to anything you say or completely different and unexpected answers to anything you may ask. Things that don't even have anything to do with what you said to her. If I am honest, I find it hard to deal with and I completely understand when I hear of others that have the same issues with their loved ones. My Auntie, my mothers sister, has been my mothers rock throughout the last 20 years and I cannot even match or even pretend that I have been there for my mother like she has. In fact, I and my immediate family struggle do deal with it, except her.[/p][p]Every Year, mothers day comes along and I look at facebook and I see all the fabulous mothers of my friends, being treated by sons and daughters, taken out and having a wonderful time and I am so envious as in truth, it is not possible to do the simplest of things with my mum like taking her out for lunch. Honestly, all I can do is go and be with her. [/p][p]I hope I will always be the person i am, happy laughing Unders that is always smiling. If my children remember that about me then thats all I want. I am lucky unlike many.[/p][p]If i can raise some money so people, like my mother, and their loved ones can get the crucial support needed, then i feel i will have helped in some way. This has come back to visit me again with another family member and once again i struggled to deal with it but did what I could. I wasn't even aware of MIND because I am a bit of a dinosaur so raising awareness and then Money for support can really change peoples lives.There are many aspects to mental health problems the help is out there now and this fantastic charity needs your support.[/p]

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May 8, 2018

Helen D

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


May 1, 2018

Fiona Bacon

Well done fellow London Marathon runner. You should be very proud. Lots of Love Fiona X

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Apr 28, 2018

Anonymous

Well done mate

£10.00


Apr 25, 2018

Sallyann

Well done Unders!

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Apr 25, 2018

Anonymous


Apr 24, 2018

Amanda Tilsed

Well done Martin, fantastic achievement and a great charity. Look forward to hearing all about it. Xx

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Apr 23, 2018

Sal and Andy

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Apr 22, 2018

Dave and Kelly Zollo

Well done Martin, you are a superstar! Xx

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Apr 22, 2018

Nikki and Jools

Well done Martin!

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Apr 22, 2018

Tom Holden

Good luck Unders!

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid

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