Verity Westgate

Verity Westgate

Postbaby marathon swim and Great West Run

Supporting

Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]On 18th April I gave birth to my beautiful daughter Grace. I was extremely unwell during pregnancy with antenatal depression and anxiety. Things have improved somewhat post birth but I have still a lot of struggles which makes a time that is already challenging quite tricky at times. [/p][p]Taking on a challenge has always helped my mental health so I decided that a couple of challenges for the rest of 2019 would be a good plan :) and since getting myself into shape to complete these post-partum and finding the time to train has been a bit of a challenge I thought that it might be worth a bit of sponsorship![/p][p]I’m going to attempt to swim the 11k of chilly Ullswater lake in the Lake District at the end of August, and then run the Great West Run half marathon. This coincides with the anniversary of my friend Emily’s death - she inspired me with all of my Mind fundraising so far (~£21.5k so far...) so I will be thinking of her especially whilst I run around. [/p][p]I’m fundraising for Mind because of the work that they do for mental health in England and Wales. The work they do has made it easier for me to talk about my mental health and they work hard to raise the profile of mental health within government, an area which has been historically underfunded. I am very lucky that I have received great support from the new Oxon Perinatal Mental Health service but the government needs to invest more in such services and other areas of mental health which is why Mind’s work is so important.[/p][p]Who are Mind?[/p][p]We're Mind, the mental health charity. We believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We're here for you. Today. Now. Whether you're stressed, depressed or in crisis. We'll listen, give support and advice, and fight your corner.[/p][p]We provide [url=https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/]advice and support[/url] to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We [url=https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/campaigns/]campaign[/url] to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.[/p][p]Watch this short video to find out more?[/p][p][url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPxHTZRwXX8]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPxHTZRwXX8[/url][/p][p]I'm raising funds to support the important work Mind does and to allow them to continue to be there for everyone who needs them. Please donate if you can.[/p][p]This is what your donation could do:[/p][p][b]£10[/b] could allow us to send essential information booklets about mental health to 40 people.[/p][p][b]£40[/b] could pay for 28 people to campaign for change on our behalf.[/p][p][b]£70[/b] could keep our online community, Elefriends, open and safe for two hours. [/p][p][b]£120[/b] could offer a lifeline to eight people in desperate need of support from our Mind legal line.[/p][p][b]£200[/b] could help us keep the Mind Infoline open for 1 hour, helping 35 people.[/p][p][b]£300[/b] could support a young person bereaved by suicide to access 1:1 and group support. [/p][p][b]£550[/b] could provide five people struggling with their mental health a place in a 10-week wellbeing group with team sports and cookery.[/p][p]Thank you for taking the time to visit my page and for donating. Your support is hugely appreciated.[/p][p]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to Mind. [/p][p]Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this.[/p]

Event

Personal Challenge Date

13 Oct 2019

Charity

Supporters


Oct 13, 2019

Harriet Mitchell-Riall

Well done Verity! We think you are wonderful and your achievements are incredible. Well done. H,L, E and W xxx


Oct 13, 2019

Alison and Chris

Well done, congratulations.

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Oct 13, 2019

Gwenllian

Emily would indeed find your running questionable! 😂

£25.00

plus £6.25 Gift Aid


Oct 13, 2019

Anonymous


Oct 12, 2019

Jane

Good luck Verity, l will be thinking of you.

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Oct 11, 2019

Liz Dexter

Go well, my amazing friend, and enjoy your run. Lots of love xx

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Aug 27, 2019

Claire

Well done Verity! You are amazing!


Aug 24, 2019

Marija

Well done! X

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Aug 24, 2019

JMX

Well done you legend, love JMX x

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Aug 24, 2019

Jane Reynolds

Super proud of you. x

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid

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