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Susanne Westgate

Running the London Marathon 2019

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I’m running [b]The London Marathon [/b]on[b] Sunday 28th April 2019![/b][/p][p]This will be my [b]first Marathon[/b]. A 16 week intensive training programme started in January! [/p][p]I’ve chosen to fundraise for [b]Totnes Caring in Devon, a Charity close to my heart because it provided support for my Mum.[/b][/p][p]It’s a [b]small Charity doing fantastic work in Totnes and surrounding villages[/b], supporting people, particularly the elderly to enable them to live independently at home and free from isolation. Totnes Caring is a point of contact, provides transport to appointments, offers shopping services, home help, befriending and a watchful eye. It runs lunch clubs, a weekly Memory Cafe, activity groups as well as support groups for those with long term conditions.[/p][p]I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to help at [b]Totnes Memory Cafe[/b] which supports anyone who has dementia or is concerned about their memory or anyone who is caring for someone with memory issues. We’ve also started a new project [b]‘Music to my Ears’[/b] preparing bespoke playlists full of meaning and happy memories for each person. The reactions and responses are wonderful with people becoming more engaged with their surroundings, smiling and taking an interest in others again. [/p][p][img][/img][/p][p]I’ve met some wonderful and inspiring people; those who run Totnes Caring, the volunteers and clients and have seen first-hand the benefits the Charity provides to so many people.[/p][p][b]It would be fantastic if you are able to donate to my fundraising to help support Totnes Caring to continue its wonderful work in the community. Thank you.[/b][/p][p][b][i][u]31st March update[/u][/i][/b][/p][p]Thank you for all the kind donations so far![/p][p][b]4 weeks to go[/b]! Training is going well in spite of a few aches and pains! Here's an article I recently wrote for a local newspaper about Totnes Caring charity.[/p][p][b]Totnes Caring - Helping the Community for over 30 years [/b][/p][p]Totnes Caring was set up in 1987 by Dr Michael Loverock to provide a valuable service for the patients of the two GP practices in Totnes. Over the years Totnes Caring has expanded and increased its services to meet the ever growing needs primarily of older, vulnerable people in [b]Totnes and the surrounding villages [i]to enable them to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible[/i]. [/b][/p][p]My parents enjoyed living in Totnes for many years and in their later years, when less mobile and not able to drive, benefited from knowing a friendly Totnes Caring volunteer would drive them to appointments. My Mum loved attending Totnes Caring lunch club, at that time held once a week, where she would meet up with friends while enjoying lunch. Today there are [b]5 lunch clubs a week[/b] serving over [b]4,000 meals[/b] a year. [/p][p]Totnes Caring supports [b]over 800 [/b]people [b][i]to enable them to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible[/i][/b]. It provides transport, shopping, befriending, home helps, form filling, hospital discharge, lunch and activity clubs. Friendly and fully trained [b]home helps[/b] assist over [b]100 clients[/b]. [b]Volunteer drivers [/b]take more than [b]4,300 clients[/b] to and from medical and other health related appointments each year. [b]Weekly Memory Cafe, art clubs, craft groups [/b]are held as well as support groups for those with long-term conditions. [b]Link workers[/b] help ensure [b]support services[/b] are in place for patients being [b]discharged from hospital [/b]and for those at risk of being admitted to hospital.[/p][p]After moving to the area a couple of years ago, I joined the team of Totnes Caring volunteers. It has been a great way to meet people and it’s very satisfying being part of a team that provides invaluable support in the community. I volunteer at the weekly Totnes Memory Café, where on average each week [b]30 people with dementia and their carers or loved ones[/b] enjoy music, singing and activities. Everyone I meet has an interesting story to share about their life.[b] [/b][/p][p]I recently learned that Totnes Caring Charity relies on grants and fundraising to continue this wide range of support services in the community. In addition to its regular and reasonably certain income, [b]it needs to raise an additional £12,000 every month. It also needs more volunteers, especially volunteer drivers.[/b][/p][p]There are many different ways we can help whether by volunteering, helping to raise funds by holding a coffee morning, pub quiz, open garden, a party, making a donation through the [b]Friends of Totnes Caring scheme,[/b] or a [b]legacy in your Will[/b]. There’s a [b]50/50 Club[/b] with a quarterly drawer and the chance to [b]WIN [/b]an annual prize of [b]£1,000[/b]. Challenge yourself - this year’s Totnes 10K and Fun Run held on 4th August would be a great way to fundraise for Totnes Caring. My challenge this year is to run[b] The London Marathon [/b]and I will be supporting [b]Totnes Caring as my chosen charity[/b].[/p][p][url=http://www.totnescaring.org.uk/]www.totnescaring.org.uk[/url] [/p]
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Apr 23, 2019


Such hard training. Wishing you good fortune on the day.

Apr 23, 2019

Ian Franklin

Thank you so much for supporting Totnes Caring and I hope you thoroughly enjoy the whole occasion!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 22, 2019


You'll smash it Susie!

Apr 19, 2019

Keith Anderson

Good luck with final training and on the big day Susanne!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 19, 2019

John and Sacha

Apr 19, 2019


Hope you smash it Susanne! Best if luck xx


Apr 18, 2019


Good luck Susanne - enjoy the experience xxx

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 16, 2019

Margaret Fairhurst


Apr 16, 2019


Good luck Susanne

Apr 15, 2019

Joanna Henretty

Good luck Susanne, you will smash it!! Xxx

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid