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James Cooper

24 Hours of Smilinggg

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I’m delighted to announce that the rescheduled 24-Hours of Smilinggg Challenge will take place on [b]Wednesday 2nd December 2020 from 9am, in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. [/b][/p][p][b]The[/b] [b]24-Hours of Smilinggg[/b] [b]Challenge[/b] will begin at 9am on Wednesday 2nd December and continue for 24 uninterrupted hours until the clock hits 9am on Thursday 3rd December. I will be Smilinggg ([i]Walk, Jog, Run[/i]) for every second of this years challenge. This will be by far my hardest one-day event yet![/p][p][b][u]Why? Why am I attempting this challenge?[/u][/b][/p][p]Well, statistics show that by the time I have finished Smilinggg around the hilly and technical woodland trail loop for 24-hours, there will be a further 2,192 people worldwide who will have died due to suicide.[/p][p][b]800,000 people worldwide die[/b] due to suicide every year. That’s [u]one person every 40 seconds[/u]. There are indications that for every person who died by suicide there may have been more than 20 others attempting suicide.[/p][p]In 2016 there were [b]5,965 suicides[/b] in the UK and Republic of Ireland. I know this, because this was the latest figure at the time of 2018’s Smilinggg Smileathlon Challenge.[/p][p]Fast forward to today, and the latest statistics dating to 2018 shows there were [b]6,859 suicides[/b] in UK and Republic of Ireland. This saddening statistic shows there has been a significant increase in suicide in the UK, for the first time since 2013. [/p][p]In the UK, suicide rates among young people have been increasing in recent years too. The suicide rate for young females is now at its highest rate on record.[/p][p]So one of the biggest reasons why I am taking on 24-Hours of Smilinggg Challenge is to raise as much money as possible for [b][u]Samaritans[/u][/b] to carry out their vision and mission:[/p][p][i]Samaritans Vision is that fewer people die by suicide. They work to achieve this vision by making it their mission to alleviate emotional distress and reduce the incidence of suicide feelings and suicidal behaviour.[/i][/p][p]Someone contacts Samaritans [u]every 6 seconds[/u] and in the next hour Samaritans will receive over [u]600 calls [/u]from people struggling to cope.[/p][p]By donating to Samaritans, your money helps save lives. It enables Samaritans to be available [u]24 hours a day[/u] to provide emotional support for people who are struggling to cope, including those who have had thoughts of suicide.[/p][p][u]Secondly[/u], it's to raise awareness of [b][u]Smilinggg[/u][/b] and [b][u]The Smilinggg Mile.[/u][/b][/p][vmgvideo class="ql-video" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/o5w3lMejRE0?showinfo=0&rel=0&iv_load_policy=3"][/vmgvideo][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p]Since its inception in 2015, The Smilinggg philosophy and in particular the 3 G's (Gratitude, Generosity and Personal Growth / The Growth Mindset) remains fundamental in helping my mental health and all round wellbeing. It has since provided both myself and many others with a loose framework to live our lives by.[/p][p][u]If 24 Hours of Smilinggg Challenge:[/u][/p][p]- Raises money for Samaritans to enable them to carry out their vision and mission.[/p][p]- Raises awareness of Smilinggg and encourages participation in The Smilinggg Mile.[/p][p]- Encourages people to talk and listen openly and compassionately about their own and others mental health.[/p][p]- Provides hope, inspiration and courage to tackle our own challenges.[/p][p]- Redefines what is possible in each and every one of us.[/p][p]- Reminds people mental health awareness is every day and we experience mental health on a sliding scale in the very same way as physical health.[/p][p]- Sparks the power to believe both we and situations can improve.[/p][p]Then it will have been worth every one of my steps and smiles around The Smilinggg Course for 24 hours. [/p][p]Thank you ever so much for reading.[/p][p]James Cooper[/p][p]E: hello@smilinggg.com[/p][p]W: Smilinggg.com[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

02 Dec 2020


Dec 24, 2020


Hi James, donating on behalf of the local business owned by Gill. The name of the business is Mille Fleurs and they are based in Otford. Keep going and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

£45.00 plus £11.25 Gift Aid

Dec 19, 2020

Anastasiya Day

It makes me so happy to see people raising funds to help others. I know how hard it is, so well done James and thanks for sharing it on Insta.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Dec 14, 2020

Bridie Torlot

Many congratulations on an awesome achievement, James. You should be so proud.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Dec 12, 2020

Joe m


Dec 10, 2020


£2.00 plus £0.50 Gift Aid

Dec 8, 2020


Fantastic effort James - well done!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Dec 7, 2020

Paddy Cunningham

Inspirational mate X


Dec 7, 2020


Despite this being late, during your 24 hours I was thinking of you and cheering you on my dearest friend. You constantly amaze and inspire me. May your body rest well after all the care, love and passion you pay forward. Always, with love, Fliss x

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Dec 7, 2020


You absolute hero & complete warrior! I salute you sir - well done!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Dec 7, 2020

Andrew Marriott

Well done James