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Matt Devonshire

2019 Running Series

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][b]2019 Running Series[/b][/p][p]We have been involved in the Dyspraxia Foundation for many years and they are some of the genuinely appreciative people we've ever met, so every penny will be appreciated. Due to our own personal experiences of dyspraxia/mental health challenges, Matt decided to give back and become a trustee for the charity, and is now serving as the charities Vice Chair. We both have struggled a lot socially and want to raise awareness of taking the time to get to know someone and their story and not making assumptions but take the timeto listen and find out moreespecially when someone is a quieter person and helping people find their voice and come out of their shell and build their confidence up.[/p][p]As someone who is dyspraxic myself and also has challenges with mental health difficulties. The Dyspraxia Foundation were my parents first port of call when I was diagnosed and thanks to their help they didn't feel alone. My family are very grateful for everything they have done and me and Matt want to give something back and help others who have been in a similar position to us. They have also supported us both as a couple through difficult times, and have helped us meet others who have lived through similar experiences and understand our day to day struggles. It's time dyspraxia got the same understanding and awareness out there that other hidden difficulties and disabilities get. Yet many people still don't know what it is.[/p][p]Dyspraxia/DCD is a hidden difficulty which means to the outside world you can’t tell someone has it. Dyspraxic people find the day to day tasks more challenging that others take for granted. These misunderstandings can make people feel socially isolated experience bullying and ignorance and difficulties with self-esteem, confidence and mental health. Every dyspraxic is different so it is important not to make assumptions. A lot of dyspraxics also have mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression which is something which is very close to our hearts too. I’ve faced exclusion, misunderstandings, ignorance, bullying, assumptions and judgments. I’ve especially struggled making and maintaining friendships and felt isolated and alone. But it’s made me an empathetic non judgmental open minded person. As someone who has faced some really difficult and challenging personal life experiences, I want to raise awareness and understanding of dyspraxia and mental health so that people don't have to go what I have alone as I know what it’s like to have nobody. [/p][p]For more dyspraxia/mental health awareness please visit: https://thinkoutsideofthecardboardbox.blogspot.com/[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Our 2019 Planned Series:[/b][/p][p](71:04) 7th April - Stroke Association Heaton Park 10k / 19th May - Great Manchester Run - 10K / 27th May - Vitality London 10,000 / 21st July - ASICS London 10K / 17th November - Fulham 10K[/p][p]9th February 2020 - London Winter Run 10K[/p]

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Event

Personal Challenge Date

17 Nov 2019

Supporters

May 26, 2019

Rosie

Good luck Matt so proud of you 💙xxx

£12.00 plus £3.00 Gift Aid

May 19, 2019

Jess

Well done Matt!

£8.00 plus £2.00 Gift Aid

May 19, 2019

Tai

Good luck Matt!

£10.00

May 18, 2019

Anonymous

Wishing you all the best for your run. Love, Sharman

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

May 17, 2019

Mojo

You got this Matt! Proud of you.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 14, 2019

Lyndsay

Run Run Run!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 11, 2019

Helen Rowe and family

It’s a wonderful thing you’re doing and I wholeheartedly agree with your mission to raise awareness

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 11, 2019

Elliot Harris

Good luck Matt. Your doing a fantastic thing

£30.00