Verity Westgate

Verity Westgate

Great West of Kidlington Run and Frosty 10

Supporting

Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]As many of you know, my lovely friend Emily ended her life on 16th October 2006, aged just 22. The last few years, I have remembered her by going down to Exeter where we grew up to run the Great West Run which coincides with this anniversary. In 2020, the event is cancelled and I am not able to travel to Exeter. [/p][p]However, all is not lost. On 17th October, I will be running The Great West [of Kidlington] Run, a half marathon starting from our house which is conveniently located in West Kidlington. This is going to be surprisingly tough as I haven't run further than 15k in 12 months and I am currently taking 6 different sorts of medication which seems to be somewhat impeding my running abilities. However, the longer it takes, the more time I will have to remember Emily. Please donate if you would like to remember Emily too; Mind was one of the charities chosen by her Mum for funeral donations and this is why I have raised money for them over the years.[/p][p]In addition, I am taking on the Frosty 10 Challenge over the next few months. This involves swimming a minimum of 50m, 10 times, outside without a wetsuit. I know 50m must seem like a very short distance for someone who has swum much bigger distances but they have always been in warmer water, clad in a wetsuit. The river is already less than 10C so this is actually a weirdly big challenge for me. I detest being cold but there is some evidence that immersion in cold water is good for depression so I am interested to test it out....and I think it's worthy of some sponsorship.[/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

31 Mar 2021

Charity

Supporters


Mar 9, 2021

Chris

Great challenge that. Very well done!

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Dec 7, 2020

Anonymous

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Oct 17, 2020

Jane Reynolds

Well done Verity

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Oct 17, 2020

Alison

Well done Verity. We are all so proud of your dedication to this worthy cause.

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Oct 17, 2020

Becci

£10 for each achey leg x

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Oct 14, 2020

Jothelibrarian

I'm cheering you on xx

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Oct 14, 2020

Lucy Gwynn

In memory of Emily, and in recognition of your amazing efforts, Verity. You are an awesome woman.

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Oct 14, 2020

Sadie

Good luck! I know you can do it.

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Oct 14, 2020

Liz Dexter

You can do it! You are amazing and I salute your commitment to fundraising and to getting cold and running a long way, though not both at the same time.

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Oct 14, 2020

Y

As ever, a heartfelt memorial to a dear friend. I'm intrigued as to whether you will find the cold water helpful - you are far braver than I in trying it out!

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid

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