I confesses have not done any running in 15 years since running competitively as a youngster. The spark ignited in me last year when I came along to support the 4louis runner in the Siglion Sunderland 10K.
“I felt a passion for running which I hadn’t felt in a long time”
I make my return to running in the 2019 Siglion Sunderland 10K in support of I.M.P.A.C.T North East, the charity I set up and founded to support children and families when they need it the most. Growing up I was class as being disadvantaged, and I stand proud today as an adult survivor of childhood physical, sexual, emotional and psychological abuse.
“As a young adult I always worked, but I wish there had been accessible support to help me when I was falling off the rails, on the days that were so dark I didn’t want to live. Through all of my past experiences I believed in hope and I dreamed I would help others own their lives”
I set up I.M.P.A.C.T North East to support the gaps in provision and the hard work of the charity shines through. However, I.M.P.A.C.T has no core funding which is vital to continue the great work we are doing, so I am seeking sponsorship from friends, colleagues and business as crawl towards May 12th and the 10K.
Our charity provides a professional confidential service for all, reinvesting all profits back into the community to support families and individuals when they need it most. Our aim is to help reduce health and social inequalities through bespoke support working in the heart of communities, with services ranging from 1-1 and family counselling, mentoring, volunteering, family support, training courses and workshops for all ages.
“I believe in embedding positive mental health and I believe resilience should start as young as possible, as I feel it is such an important skill for everyone. The challenges facing everyone can leave us all vulnerable at times”
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