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Richard Cook

London Marathon 2019 for Livability

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]So, It's happening. April 2019 will mark 2 years since I did my very first parkrun, at that time running 5k felt like running a marathon. On the 28th April 2019 I will actually be running marathon, London Marathon. More so, I'm running it for Livability who are a charity who tackle social isolation for the disabled and vulnerable and connect them with their community.[/p][p]Why did I choose that charity? [/p][p]Well as you all know Lucy works in a SEN school with children and young adults who have complex disabilities, I spent a day within the school earlier this year and it made me realise how lucky I am, I take the simple task of going to the shops, pub, gym, cafe etc fore-granted. Those with complex disabilities are so often isolated from their local communities and are unable to socialise in ways we are all able to do. When I got a chance to run for Livability I knew I'd be raising money for such a great cause. [/p][p]They can explain why their work is needed and what they do better than I can so a blurb from there website is below:[/p][p][i]Right now, many people in our society are facing barriers that cause them to be socially isolated. Disabled and vulnerable people are often most at risk.[/i][/p][p][i]Right now, many people in our society are facing barriers that cause them to be socially isolated. Disabled and vulnerable people are often most at risk.[/i][/p][p][i]From lack of awareness for disability and mental illness, homelessness, unemployment, or lack of education opportunities, the obstacles are obvious. Social isolation is a growing problem in the UK. Britain has been called the ‘Loneliness capital of Europe’.[/i][/p][p][i]One-third of people with dementia said they lost friends following a diagnosis. Almost one in ten only leave the house once a month (Alzheimer’s Society).[/i][/p][p][i]3.6 million people aged 65 and over agree that the television is their main form of company (Age UK).[/i][/p][p][i]50% of disabled people will be lonely on any given day (Sense).[/i][/p][p][i]Why does it matter?[/i][/p][p][i]Isolation is a health risk[/i][/p][p][i]Social isolation is seriously bad for your health. When people are socially isolated, their life and wellbeing outcomes are lower.[/i][/p][p][i]But research shows that when people enjoy good community connections, their health, life outcomes and wellbeing are far stronger.[/i][/p][p][i]What is Livability doing about it?[/i][/p][p][i]How Livability connects people with their community[/i][/p][p][i]Livability understands how to make communities work for people. We help people to take part, contribute, and be valued. Through a range of disability services, community projects, training and support, we’re working to break down barriers and tackle isolation.[/i][/p][p][i]We create connections between our disability services and community work, to deliver joined-up responses to local care needs and reduce social isolation[/i].[/p][p][br][/p][p]Why the London Marathon?[/p][p]Because I'm crazy, stupid, an idiot? Well yes, all of those things, but also it's a challenge. Some of you will know more than others what running means to me and how it's helped me. It's given me a challenge and a focus when I've needed it the most. My first thing to do when I'm stressed is go for a run and inflict pain on myself. 26.2 miles is a long way to run, so I must enjoy the pain somehow. Also, it's one of the biggest marathons in the world, I may hate the distance, the training the pain and so on, so if I'm only going to run one marathon it may as well be London. I remember on one of my first runs imagining I would finish the London marathon, it's always been a goal and a dream and one which is now becoming more and more real! [/p][p]I know it seems everyday people are asking for donations, you can't walk down the street nowadays without someone cornering you. I will be running another bigger and better pub quiz (more details to follow), I may shave off my beard, I will also be holding an auction/raffle. I want this fundraising to be fun, so there will be some events for you to attend, things to buy etc so you get something for your donation. If you have an idea for what you want in return for your donation (sensible ideas) then let me know and I will see what me and my Chief Fundraiser (Lucy) can do for you (pictures of cats is an easy one!)[/p][p]So here we go, only 190 days to go! [/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]

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May 2, 2019

Angus J

Loving your work Rich, congrats on the marathon & keep it up! x

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 2, 2019



Apr 30, 2019

Carrie Whitehouse

Well done Richard!

Apr 28, 2019

Clare Weaver

Good luck, Richard!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2019

Jess, Rupes & Isla

You got this Rich, enjoy!


Apr 27, 2019


Good luck, I’m sure you’ll smash it.👊

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 26, 2019

Shelagh Hozack

Well done Richard! Your efforts have raised an amazing amount! xx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 25, 2019


Good luck Richard!!!! Emma :) x

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 25, 2019

Hammy Aulak

Good luck and enjoy yourself!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 25, 2019

Lorna Charles

Good Luck Rich, you'll do great! Enjoy :) x

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid