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Peter Mossop

is raising money for Walking With the Wounded

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]In April 2020 I am taking part in the Marathon Des Sable. Marathon Des Sables is an endurance event broadly equivalent to 6 marathons over 6 days, in the Moroccan Sahara, carrying your own gear and self-supported apart from water rations and bivouacs for each night. It’s described by some as the toughest foot race on earth. [/p][p]So why on earth would I sign up to such a thing and how did I come to be running for Walking With the Wounded? [url=http://walkingwiththewounded.org.uk]walkingwiththewounded.org.uk[/url][/p][p]My great mate, Jules Roberts, and I signed up to take part in the event back in November 2018 to focus on getting fit again. Jules and I had done a lot of cycling in 2017/18 but I had managed to tear my Achilles and Jules’s health had a taken a bit of turn so the docs had given us each some pretty clear instruction on what we each needed to do to get right again. We both needed a target. [/p][p]Somehow I managed to convince two of my younger brothers, Harry and Toby to join us. [url=https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Harry-TobyMossop/1]https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Harry-TobyMossop/1[/url][/p][p]Tragically I met the founder and CEO of Walking With the Wounded, Ed Parker, at Jules's funeral. [/p][p]Jules took his own life in August 2019 after what we came to learn had been a long struggle with mental health issues and even just saying it now I still can’t get me head around it. If you knew Jules you would never in a million years have thought that this was a feature of his life. His grin and enthusiasm were infectious. [/p][p]I had known he was going through a really tough time with a trial separation from his wife and his health was annoying him but we had almost daily messages about MDS, we had events in the diary and we were both getting excited about kit choices and getting to the start line and were even talking about what we’d do next. [/p][p]It turns out his life was like an enormous Venn diagram and no one person had all the pieces to paint the picture in the middle until it was too late. He was such a good mate and I wish I had known more, been more aware or could have done more or something, anything! Jules is the closest person to me who has taken this choice and it hit me really hard. I will miss him a lot.[/p][p]Jules had a long history with Walking With the Wounded, which started when he worked with the charity as an endurance coach to train the team who trekked to the South Pole in 2013. He was immensely proud of his association with them and often spoke about what an awesome charity it is. Ed Parker invited Harry, Toby and I to join the team and run in Jules’s honour. Both Harry and Toby served in the Army and already knew a couple of other members of the 2020 team anyway. We agreed straight away.[/p][p]I wasn't original going to be fundraising as we were running in ballot places but after Jules’s death and with the invitation from Ed, I thought I would do as much as I could to raise as much as I could for an awesome charity that Jules was so close to and a charity which is now focusing more and more of its resources on mental health. I am certainly no expert on mental health but it is clearly becoming a massive issue in whatever form it takes and there are many. It is indiscriminate and there is no shame in it. After Jules’s death I thought it would be crazy to do an event like this and not use it as an opportunity to raise some funds, raise the profile of Walking With the Wounded and just not be ashamed of talking about mental health and raising awareness around it. Get people talking.[/p][p]The MDS is about 160 miles so I was thinking perhaps 1p a mile, 10p, £1 perhaps. Joking aside, any amount, however big or small, will be very graciously received but even if you can’t donate hopefully this message has gone some way to raise awareness of how real and indiscriminate mental health issues can be and to break down the stigma of talking about things even for the blokiest of blokes and also to raise awareness of Walking With the Wounded and the awesome work they do. Every £1 will spur me on for the next mile when I get to the desert in April.[/p][p]We have set a fund raising target of £15,000 which is a target not a limit. Please help us to smash it in Jules’s honour supporting a charity he loved.[/p]
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Feb 28, 2020

Sally Orange

Devastated to learn about Jules after reading your story in the WWTW newsletter. I met Jules before taking on the 2016 MdS with WWTW. Splitting a donation between you and Ed and will be thinking about you all. You will do Jules proud for sure. Enjoy!!

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Feb 24, 2020

Richard Webster

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Feb 18, 2020

Gabbi Stopp

Good luck Peter - I know you will do Jules proud.

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Feb 12, 2020

Peter Mossop

Funds raised from the Charity Raffle held last night. A massive THANK YOU to everyone for their phenomenal support and generosity for an awesome cause.

£2109.00

Feb 11, 2020

Peter

This is the proceeds of the Charity Quiz Evening ticket sales very generously supported by UBS meaning every penny raised from the evening is going straight to the Charity. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the evening. All the best. Peter

£6050.00

Feb 9, 2020

Nick Kershaw

Good luck ! Dig deep

£50.00

Feb 5, 2020

Jonathan

I do not want to see any photos of your feet

£50.00

Jan 27, 2020

Brian Purcell

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jan 27, 2020

Michael Sleet

Truly inspirational my friend, best of luck.

£200.00 plus £50.00 Gift Aid

Jan 24, 2020

Anonymous

£100.00