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Sarah Potter

London Marathon 2020

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]In February 2018 I left the NHS and embarked on life as a stay-at-home mum. My partner, the children's father worked away from home providing for me and the kids, keeping the roof over our heads and food on the table. [/p][p]Everything we spent had a consequence. Bills were being missed, the washing was piling up and the kids were driving me up the wall! I began blog writing as a way of boosting morale. The blog is called The Penniless Parent: [i]Making Priceless Memories[/i]. It proved to be a hit and the more I shared with people about how I was feeling, the less alone I felt. I soon realised that watching the pennies was something that all my friends were doing to varying degrees, rich or poor, it didn't seem to matter. Once you become a parent life was less about spending money and more about getting value for money. [/p][p]Then, as so often does, life got in the way. In September 2018 the girl’s father embarked on life alone and our journey as a family took a direction I hadn’t planned. Life as a single mum is tough and whilst I love my girls more than anything I certainly didn’t love myself. Depression set in and on April 2019 I took the brave decision to move to the coast to be near my parents and leant on them heavily.[/p][p]I have been here in Whitby for 8 months now. Through becoming a parent, leaving my career to raise my girls, losing my life-partner, managing my health condition (type 1 diabetes) and battling my mental ill-health it is safe to say that I have lost control of my life. Some even say I’ve lost who I am. All I know is I am mummy and mummy needs to be ok.[/p][p]In November 2019 through a mum at my daughter’s school, I met an inspiring group called Hope Whitby. A group who showed me kindness and support when I needed it the most. They gave me the strength and direction to take back control of my life, starting by keeping appointments at the hospital for my diabetic care, seeking counselling to support my mental health and taking up running. [/p][p]Running is by far the most powerful of all mental health treatment I have tried. So much so that when I saw the opportunity to run in the London Marathon I knew it was something I wanted to do. When I researched the charity I’d be running for, Home-Start Manchester, I knew it was something I needed to do. [/p][p]3 weeks into the training I am feeling more positive that I have in a long long time. I am determined to raise awareness of the work Home-Start do and raise the profile of the charity so that more parents like me get the support they need, when they need it. I am fortunate to have 2 wonderful parents, a sister, a brother-in-law and very special friends who picked up my broken pieces and have held them tightly, kept safe until now. I am ready to stick myself back together. Home-Start is a charity for those people that don’t have or can’t rely on their families and friends. I want to raise money for them to enable them to support more parents to be the best parents they can and raise their children to feel confident, supported and safe. Perhaps even making some priceless memories along the way. [/p]
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Supporters

Feb 14, 2020

L Bates

Good luck!

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Feb 14, 2020

Jude M-G

Keep running Sarah and you'll reach the finish line!! xx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Feb 11, 2020

Maxine

Well done Sarah. Keep it up xx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Feb 1, 2020

Anonymous

Keep going Sarah, you are smashing it! Love Jenna

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jan 16, 2020

Anonymous

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jan 11, 2020

Stefan

£26.00 plus £6.50 Gift Aid

Jan 5, 2020

David F

Good luck with the training. Xxx

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jan 4, 2020

Jenna

The first £10 instalment, you get this every month until completion! Well done Sarah keep up the hard work xx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Dec 25, 2019

The Facers

Merry Christmas Sarah, never give up xxx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Dec 18, 2019

Emma

Good luck x