Our January Jeans Challenge was really successful, raising £127.50 for the Coventry and District Samaritans by donating £1.00 for every lb lost by our members.
Our chosen charity for March Madness is one very close to our hearts – The Brain & Spine Foundation. They helped Stuart, one of our coaches, and his family and provided much needed support and advice when he was a child. I’ll let him tell you more.
Having been diagnosed with Fluid on the Brain (Hydrochephalus) when I was 6 months old, I’ve had 17 lots of brain surgery, had a golf ball sized brain tumour removed when I was 6 years old and bacterial meningitis at the age of 12. I live (train and run) with an inoperable brain cyst the size of a tennis ball that can cause me to have severe headaches and illness.
The Brain and Spine Foundation is a registered charity that is funded almost entirely by voluntary donations. They are committed to providing reliable information and support to people living with neurological conditions across the UK. Neurological conditions and associated treatments are often complex, raising many questions for the people affected and their families. The Brain and Spine Foundation provides support and quality information to people affected by brain and spine conditions, in order to reduce anxiety and help inform their choices.
Stuart will be running 3 marathons in 3 days over the weekend of 22nd March 2013. We will post more details about the event over the next couple of weeks but suffice to say, Stuart really is going for the March Madness theme. This isn’t the first time he has ran a marathon to raise awareness of the charity, in 2009 he ran the New York marathon to fulfil a lifetime dream. You can read about it here: http://www.brainandspine.org.uk/fulfilling-dream-completing-new-york-marathon-20-years-after-meningitis
For more information about the work The Brain & Spine Foundation do watch the video below, which also features Stu.
To sponsor Stuart directly without joining Achieve Bootcamp, his just giving page is: http://www.justgiving.com/crazyroadrunner2013