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Megan's Mega Marathon Challenge 2019

2 team members

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[p]Hi I’m Megan, I am 18 and I will be running the London Marathon 2019, To realise what is special about this I am going to tell you a bit about myself. [/p][p]I was born 12 weeks early weighing 1lb120z, (apparently less than the weight of a bag of sugar), after a very shaky start I spent over 2 months in Special Care Baby Unit, needing lifesaving treatment, I developed several complications in hospital . I slowly got stronger and bigger. When I was home, my Mum noticed that I was slower to learn than other babies, with things like sitting up, crawling, and I didn’t show signs of talking (I have made up for that) .[/p][p]When I was 2, I was diagnosed with Global development delay, at 3 I was given hearing aids for my moderate bi-lateral hearing loss. I was slow learning to walk and was quite clumsy at times. I used Makaton to sign when I was very young and I can remember some of the signs even now. I started using words and talking when I was around 4. I went to special school to begin with, which I remember enjoying and then a mainstream school where I came on leaps and bounds, learning to read and write.[/p][p]When I went to High school, I found it very difficult. I knew that I was different. The other children would sometimes laugh or stare at me. I didn’t like that I needed a helper with me to do my work. I knew that I found things more difficult to do, than other children including school work, and making friends. I often felt alone and spent some nights crying myself to sleep, as I felt different and that I didn’t have any friends. I shied away from sports as I felt it wasn’t for me, as I lacked the co-ordination of the other kids. My mum has always encouraged (nagged) me to run and I haven’t always been keen. I found it really hard and I felt like I couldn’t breathe at first. In 2017 I was going to turn 18 on the 19th December and I decided that I would try and run a mile a day for the 18 days to count down to my 18th birthday, and I raised money for the MS society. I started getting much more interested in running then and found that it helped me, a lot. If I was having a down day it made me happy and if I was having a good day it made it a better one. [/p][p]A few months later and we moved to Liverpool, and I joined Mencap to make new friends. I really enjoyed meeting new people and being accepted by other members and all of the staff. In the summer I decided to get involved in their 5k a day for 5 days challenge and loved it. [/p][p]I also joined Penny Lane Striders, who have been so encouraging and supportive, and I found myself running and enjoying running more and more. I am getting faster and running further. [/p][p]I decided that I wanted to stretch myself and take on a real challenge, I want to run the London Marathon to show that it doesn't matter if you have a learning disability, you can do it if you put your mind to it. I know that running and physical activity is important for everyone, and that is no different if you have a disability. It is also brilliant for my mental health and keeps me happy and motivated.[/p][p]Mencap Liverpool has really helped me and I want to raise money for a brilliant charity that helps people like me feel that they belong and that it's ok to be different. Sarah from Mencap Liverpool is going to run it with me, so this is our team page. [/p][p]This is going to be tough, 26.2miles is a long way. I know I can do it, if I can concentrate on the things I can do, not the things I cant. I have a hearing loss, and have a learning disability but I am so more than a disability. That makes me more than my special need, that make me SPECIAL, so please sponsor me!!![/p]
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May 9, 2019

Simon Edwards

£100.00

May 5, 2019

Anonymous

Warmest congratulations from all at St James the Great, Blendon

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

May 3, 2019

Anonymous

Well done mega x

£10.00

May 2, 2019

Katie

From sue from work, eamonn and Jodie from PLS

£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid

May 1, 2019

Rachael Jones

Well done Megs, so proud of you xx from Huw, Rach, Cari, Morgan, Martha xx

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 30, 2019

Anonymous

Well done Megan, very proud of you. Love from Uncle Haydn & Auntie Hefina xx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 30, 2019

Sarah Spooner

Well done Megs, brilliant achievement 👏👏 Love from Sarah, Eddie, Bex & Jack

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 30, 2019

Jess and Joe

Well done for passing the finishing line megs 😊 here's a little something to help you get a little closer to your target xx

Apr 30, 2019

Cassie

Totally inspiring story, and such an inspiring person.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 29, 2019

John, Rob, Margaret, Sian, Huw and Jackie.

£70.00 plus £17.50 Gift Aid

Sarah Elizabeth Jones

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