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Robert Seery

Running the London Marathon

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Target £0.00

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My story

[p]Long story short: I'm a fat bloke trying to run a marathon that 90% of people are certain will kill me while trying to become a teacher with a good work-life balance ... neither will be easy.[/p][p]___[/p][p][i]It began with a man stirring his tea with a Mars bar and saying to himself that this is not the way things should be.[/i][/p][p]In April 2019, I found myself in a strange situation. I was eating at Mars bar at 6 in the morning - I was sitting in my classroom marking when it dawned on me how weird my life was - why was I at work at 6 am? Why was I eating a Mars bar for breakfast when a Twix would be the logical choice? I realised quickly that my life had a bad case of the 'blahs'.[/p][p]Many teachers today go through what's called a 'burnout' - overworked, overstressed and generally just feeling a bit rubbish. My working week often exceeds 70 hours and my working day often exceeds 13 hours without a break which means I am usually forgetful, crabby and tired. But it's not just mental exhaustion - it's physical too. In my nine years as a teacher, I've put on nearly six stone of extra weight, I feel exhausted 90% of the time, and I feel like I'm 60 rather than 35 - which isn't ideal! Why do I do this? I love my job and helping children to learn - teaching is one of those strange jobs where you invest so much of yourself in what you do that you ignore how much it affects you physically. [/p][p]I was once told that dwelling on negative things was a pointless thing to do unless it spurred you to action - so that is what I did. I sat down and wrote down every idea I could think of - books I had read and forgotten, experts in pedagogy and teaching practise as well as strategies to improve my eating and sleeping habits. I came up with a plan - 100 steps to a happy and healthier life. I am going to chase the elusive holy grail of teaching - I am going to achieve the perfect work-life balance, sleep more than 4 hours a night, have a body that less than 50% held together with sugar while being the best mentally and physically I can be![/p][p]For the next 300ish days, I am on a journey of self-discovery and self-improvement that will end in April with me doing something that I thought I would never do - take part in the London Marathon![/p][p]Most people I tell I'm running a marathon point out that it will either be a massive failure or it will kill me (I'm pretty sure they are joking...right?), but I wanted to do something amazing with a measurable outcome. I'm going to get physically, mentally and emotionally fit and do something amazing![/p][p][i]Follow along on my progress on Twitter at: [/i][url=https://twitter.com/RunSirRun][i]https://twitter.com/RunSirRun[/i][/url][i] [/i][/p][p][b][u]So why, Mencap?[/u][/b][/p][p]Right now, people with a learning disability face inequalities in every area of life with almost 1 in 3 young people with a learning disability spending less than 1 hour outside their home on a typical Saturday. [/p][p]They face barriers finding a job, accessing activities in their local community and receiving good quality healthcare. Mencap tackles these issues head-on by providing support in a way that meets individual needs and encourages greater independence. [/p][p]They give expert advice and information that empowers people and their families. Mencap also campaigns relentlessly for changes that bring greater equality for people with a learning disability.[/p][p]I began my time in education as a Special Needs Teaching Assistant and through this, I learnt how difficult children could find education when afflicted with a learning disability. I am optimistic that through this marathon, I can do something for this community.[/p][p]By supporting Team Mencap, you will be helping them to support people with a learning disability to live the life they choose, and do the things they love. Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to Mencap. [/p][p]Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. [/p][p]I appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p]

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Supporters

Jun 28, 2019

Rita Mahammad x

supporting you all the way to the end your great in all you do you can do it 😎👌💎🙏🌈🌟💖😎

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jun 28, 2019

Hayley Claire Dillon xxx

We love you Robert. You deserve the space and opportunity to help yourself as much as you continuously help others! See you at the finish line xx

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid