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Michael Oxenham

Mike's 2019 London Marathon Fundraising Page

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Hi! Thanks for visiting my London Marathon 2019 page![/p][p]I was due to run in 2018 but my gammy knees were not playing ball... [/p][p]Why am I running the London Marathon for the Mental Health Foundation?[/p][p] [/p][p]I'm running 42,195 metres of London's finest tarmac because 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year.[/p][p] [/p][p]In my late teens and early 20s I suffered from anxiety and agoraphobia. I know how paralysing negative mental health can be. Also, working in education and interacting with a whole community means I can see firsthand just how prevalent mental health problems are. [/p][p] [/p][p]At 28, my mental health is now the best it has ever been and running has had a significant part to play in that. So, it seems fitting that in order to raise awareness and money for mental health, I will do this whilst running (a very long way!)...[/p][p] [/p][p]What does the Mental Health Foundation do? What will your money help achieve?[/p][p] [/p][p]I really like the way the Mental Health Foundation prioritise rigorous research into mental health with a particular focus on prevention. They are keen to find and address the sources of mental health problems and I am a firm believer in the old sentiment that prevention is always better than a cure - it is better to be proactive, rather than reactive. I can see that the Mental Health Foundation also abide by this principle in the work they do. They are also fighting hard to raise awareness of mental health issues amongst the general public, and amongst policy makers.[/p][p] [/p][p]The Mental Health Foundation summarise the importance of their work best for themselves... They say that:[/p][p] [/p][p]Good mental health is fundamental to thriving in life. It is the essence of who we are and how we experience the world. Yet, compared to physical health, so little is commonly known about mental ill health and how to prevent it. That must change. [/p][p] [/p][p]Thank you for your support![/p][p] [/p][p][br][/p]

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Event

2018 Virgin Money London Marathon

2018 Virgin Money London Marathon

22 Apr 2018

Charity

The Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation

Supporters

01-May-2018

Past student

I’ve seen first hand the way you bring positivity into the lives of youth. You are already doing so much good. Thank you for all the help you give through happiness unknowingly.

£10.00

22-Apr-2018

Emily Stephens

Hope it's gone OK!

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

09-Feb-2018

Rachel Millar and family

You heart will pound and your heart will sing Go, Mr Oxenham, you can do it!

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

01-Feb-2018

BLD

£10.00

11-Jan-2018

Ben and Archie Holmes

Good luck for the marathon!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

08-Jan-2018

Tina Pierson

Wishing you all the best in your marathon

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

18-Dec-2017

Anonymous

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

09-Dec-2017

CW

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

05-Dec-2017

Riggers

Good luck with training, very proud of you x

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

26-Nov-2017

Anonymous

Good luck Mike, we'll be cheering you on. Definitely a great cause you have chosen. Jayne x

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid