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Simon James Vaisey

50 Marathon Events in 50 Weeks- RUN50

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

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[p]SIMONS RUN50 challenge [/p][p]Instagram- simonsaysrun50 [/p][p]33 marathon events down, 17 to go![/p][p]Hi, my name is Simon James Vaisey, before I decided to start this challenge I had only ran 1 marathon and 3 half marathons. [/p][p]I've been thinking about doing a challenge like this for a few years now and this year just seems the best time to do it. So what am I doing? I am running 50 Marathon events in 365 days covering 1,048 miles for a great charity- Samaritans. The start will be in Surrey on September the 9th 2018 and will end August 2019. I will run all over the UK as well as in Poland, Malta, Gran Canaria and Denmark, raising money for Mental Health. [/p][p][u]50 Marathon Events? (30 marathons, and 20 half marathons) [/u][/p][p]“Are you mad?”, you might be asking. [/p][p]Every so often an idea can come in to your mind and you can’t let it go. This has been one of those ideas. It’s an idea I will be putting into action come September 9th 2018, where I will run the first of fifty marathon events.[/p][p]It won’t just be about running a marathon or a half though. Some might think that a long distance event is predominantly a physical challenge, but as any seasoned marathoner would know, it is very much the mental battle that you face. These long distance events will hopefully take me on journeys where I tackle challenges I would never have dreamed of facing, as well as raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing for everyone, letting each individual know that you can break through any barrier that you feel might be in your way. [/p][p][br][/p][p][u]Why now?[/u][/p][p]I think it’s time that mental health is talked about more openly. From recent events of celebrities and normal people like me and you struggling to come to terms with mental health I think it’s important to spread awareness that’s it’s okay not to be okay. [/p][p][br][/p][p]However, through first-hand experience I can vouch for those who don’t seek help, especially us boys and men, it’s sometimes hard to talk especially with the stigma around sharing feelings which sometimes may cause embarrassment and lack of understanding. However, there are a mass of charities and organisations changing this, as well as individuals (such as writer Matt Haig) who are using their voices shout about these issues. [/p][p][br][/p][p]Through my hopeful completion of 50 marathon events, I hope that my efforts can support the implementation of a more rigorous support network for young people in our schools, colleges and universities. After all, 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems are not given appropriate intervention. Does that seem fair?[/p][p]Why Samaritans? [/p][p]Samaritans provides a service that offers emotional support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This can be support for anyone experiencing feelings of distress or just want to unload their feelings on someone. This support systems ultimately aims to reduce the cases of suicides each year! As an organisation, it has a great team of thousands of volunteers and relies on donations to continue to offer free support and a free phone line. In short your donation is ultimately saving someone’s life.[/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]
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May 17, 2019

Carl Tappin

Great man

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 12, 2019

Josie

Whoop whoop! Amazing effort and great charity. Run Simon run!!!!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

May 5, 2019

Katie Hannaford

Amazing! X

May 1, 2019

Matthew

Lovely tush

£10.00

Apr 30, 2019

Anthony Moore

Good luck mate! Pleasure sharing the experience at London with you!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019

Anonymous

£10.00

Apr 28, 2019

Crosse family

Well done today. All the best for the next 22!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019

Rebecca

Congrats Simon on your marathon today! respect to you and a charity that is in fact very close to my heart. Respect have a nice evening off the road running x

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019

Sophie Kiss

Amazing job today and the last few months Simon. Good luck for the last 20! Xx

£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019

Siobhan

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid