'Only Run If You're Being Chased!'
I've worked for SYA for 12 years this year. From starting off as a youth worker to moving all the way to the position of CEO, this charity has literally been my life.
Over the years I have seen vulnerable children and young people grow, and become some of the best adults I know. I wouldn't be the person I am without all of these amazing humans and their families, all of whom face difficult challenges every day.
I figured that whilst I work tirelessly to keep this small charity running from my desk, I might take the concept LITERALLY and keep the charity running by.. well.. running.
I ALWAYS used to say that "you should only run if you're being chased"... well I guess people will be behind me so that's sorta like being chased?
This is my first Marathon. I'm PETRIFIED, but after my colleague Ross did the three Peaks challenge for SYA last year, I figured I needed to do something pretty big too. I'm secretly insanely competitive!
The money raised will pay for a bunch of us SYA staff to take young people with disabilities and mental health issues on an epic Summer residential, giving them an unforgettable adventure and giving their parents and carers some well deserved respite for a long weekend. These young people need constant support and supervision, which is staff heavy and expensive, and look, SYA is a small local grass roots charity, that relies HEAVILY on fundraising and grants from lovely funders who I have to beg for money every 9 months.
Any support towards my goal would be utterly grand. Come down and support me on the day- I'll be the one looking like she is being chased!!
Big Love xx