This running lark started as a way to get fit and feel better about myself. To be honest, I didn’t much like it at first, but knew it was ‘doing me good’. And then sometime, around Christmas 2008, someone replaced my brain and I found I was actually enjoying it.
Since then I’ve come a long way, clocking up hundreds of miles of training, three races and now there are just five weeks to go until I take on the 13.1 miles of the Great North Run. I’ve made new friends, and got a lot fitter and healthier. So it’s time to give something back.
All in a good cause
My cousin’s son Jack is 11 year’s old and has severe learning difficulties, including problems with movement and speech. He’ll never walk, never be able to communicate. Simply put, Jack will always need someone to look after him.
But it’s not all bad news. Jack’s a really special boy. He smiles and giggles a lot and has an incredible ability to make everyone around him smile too. He has a great mum and a terrific house, specially adapted, so everything he needs is on the ground floor.
He also goes to a very special school, Pear Tree Special School. And Jack’s school reports are full of all the things he can do, like taking part in sports day, and how much he enjoys things like playing with water, or music and colours.
So on September 20, I’ll be running the Great North Run to raise money for Pear Tree School. They would really like to buy some gesture operated computer equipment, that children can operate by eye pointing or blinking. I hope you’ll support me.
The school is a registered charity, but it would cost them quite a bit to register with an online donation site like JustGiving. But those of you who wish to make an online donation can do so through PayPal.
You don’t even have to sign up, just enter your credit or debit card details. Don’t worry, it’s secure, even I don’t get to see those details. I just get an email telling me that some kind and generous person has made a donation. And just so you know, I’ll cover any PayPal fees, so whatever you donate will go directly to the school.
If you’d prefer to donate offline, I can take cheques, bank transfers or just good old cash. Please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange.
And if you want to, add a comment to this post to show your support. I really appreciate it and it’ll keep my legs going until I get to South Shields!