Mellissa McClymont

Mellissa McClymont

2021 Virgin Money London Marathon

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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]Hello, welcome to my fundraising page and thank you so much for visiting.[/p][p]I work for an amazing charity called Read Easy UK. Our vision is for all adults in the UK to have the literacy skills they need to fulfil their potential and live life to the full. Most of us take our ability to read for granted, but over 2.4 million adults in England alone struggle with this most basic requirement for everyday life.[/p][p]For adults who cannot read, the Coronavirus pandemic has left them feeling more isolated, and in need of our service, than ever before. Home-schooling children for several months was a big enough challenge for many parents with good literacy skills, but for those who cannot read their 7-year-old child’s story book, or understand communications from teachers, it proved impossible. Trying to keep on top of the ever-changing Government health guidance has also been beyond the capabilities of many.[/p][p]In some areas of the UK up to 10% of working age adults would not be able to:[/p][p]Write a short note to their family[/p][p]Fill in a form at the doctor’s surgery[/p][p]Read a bedtime story to their children[/p][p]Complete a job application form[/p][p]We need to open new local Read Easy groups across the country so we can provide more free, confidential one-to-one reading coaching for adults. And this is what your kind donations will go towards.[/p][p]You can find out more about Read Easy at readeasy.org.uk[/p][p][br][/p][p]I started running again during the first UK lockdown. I’d run in the past and really loved it, but, having two small children and working meant I had little time (and far too many excuses) not to get back out there. Lockdown meant more time but also, I found that getting outside daily really helped my mental health. For the first time, I noticed the impact of exercise on my mood and started to look forward to running in the evening after putting the children to bed.[/p][p]The opportunity to run the London Marathon for Read Easy UK came up and I went for it thinking I’d start training properly early in 2021. Unfortunately, I went a bit too far too fast and in March started physio for severe knee pain which turned out to be overuse relating to my left IT band. I’m over that now, working through a few more niggles and following a more realistic training programme![/p][p]This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I knew I’d have to train, but wasn’t quite prepared, as a beginner, for the strain long-distance training can put on your body. As well as finding the time to fit everything in! But, Read Easy is such a fantastic charity to work for and I’m so happy to have the chance to do something that will help raise money which will go towards setting up new groups, supporting new Reading Coaches and ultimately reaching more adults who need support with learning to read.[/p][p]I’ll be at the starting line whatever it takes![/p][p]If you could sponsor me and support Read Easy UK I'd be so, so grateful. Anything you can give will genuinely make a difference.[/p]

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Supporters


Sep 28, 2021

Wendy Capewell

Go you, you've got this. Such an amazing experience and cause.

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Sep 26, 2021

Lizzie

You're amazing!


Sep 26, 2021

Uncle Reece x

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Sep 23, 2021

Giles

Good luck!!!

£55.00

plus £13.75 Gift Aid


Sep 23, 2021

Gail

Backing you all the way Mellissa


Sep 22, 2021

Anonymous

Good luck Mel. With you all the way. Kris

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Sep 22, 2021

Karen Wood

Good luck x

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Sep 22, 2021

Ginny and Nick

Congratulations, Mel, on all your training. We think you're a star! And good luck on the day - we will be thinking of you all the way!


Sep 21, 2021

Faye P

Good luck Mel, I'll be rooting for you (from the comfort of my own armchair obviously!) Enjoy the experience!


Sep 21, 2021

Carolyn Howchin

Good luck lovely lady! So proud xx

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid

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