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[p]There are statistics about domestic violence, but they don’t really convey the impact on people’s lives. I don’t have first-hand experience of sustained abuse, but I’ve loved and supported those who have - I’ve seen the mark it leaves on survivors. When a loved one can flash back years in a heartbeat and feel unsafe, even now, it’s clear how important it is to provide escape and safety. [/p][p]The Ridgeway is an 85 mile trail across hills and downland I remember fondly from my youth, which I told my Dad I was going to run someday. The 24th of July is the first anniversary of him dying and as I’ve reflected on his life, I remember he and I helping someone escape abuse some years ago - we provided a midnight getaway with just a few things you could carry loosely. It was fortunate that we could and no-one should rely on luck to get away from a violent partner.[/p][p]Lockdown exacerbated the suffering for many vulnerable people being abused in their own homes. At the same time, charities like Refuge have found it harder to raise funds and provide support for them. Your sponsorship can provide a safe space, an escape from circumstances no-one should face. This painful anniversary, for me, can be made much more meaningful. It can make a difference.[/p][p]Men suffer domestic abuse, just as women do. It can be harder to admit to and even to recognise. Many men have found that society doesn’t believe them as they describe their experience. ManKind Initiative provides emotional support and practical information to men who may have nowhere to turn. Mindful of coercive abuse I’ve known, I’m keen to support a helpline that is entirely funded by public donation.[/p][p]I’ll be completing the 85 miles on foot, self-supported and (I hope) in under 24 hours. This isn’t a thing that I know I can complete - I decided to do it after lockdown started, as I thought about what was happening in homes across the country. I’ve ran ultra-marathons before, but not nearly this far and on those runs I had an event framework to help me along. As it is for those I’m raising money in aid of, this will be a tough march into the unknown. [/p][p]Help me make a difference.[/p][p]Thank you.[/p]