There are a lot of charities out there all raising money for good causes. A friend and ex-colleague once said to me she would find it difficult to pick one particular charity, however, better to choose one than none at all, right?

I decided I would like to raise money for charities that I can relate to which are close to our family’s hearts. As well as causes I feel are important ones in this day and age that we keep hearing more about. What better way to do so than through running. This may be as a charity place for a specific event, a virtual or mileage challenge, or participating in a charity run or walk.

Parkinsons UK Certificate
[Parkinsons UK Certificate – photo by Runiversity of life]
The charities I’ve chosen to support are as follows:

Parkinsons UK

Like some other diseases, Parkinson’s is a disease without a cure and can affect anyone at any age. More and more people are being diagnosed with Parkinson’s every day. I have chosen to support Parkinson’s UK as my grandfather was a sufferer for over 10 years. It was extremely testing to see his quality of life deteriorate due to this inhibiting condition, especially in the latter stages. Sadly he passed away on May 13th, 2018.

I am pleased to eventually have completed my Great North Run challenge in 2019 and raising over £1350 for Parkinson’s UK. RIP Ernest!

British Heart Foundation

British Heart Foundation (BHF) fund over £100 million of research each year into all heart and circulatory diseases and the things that cause them. I have chosen BHF as a charity to support because my mother was found to have a heart condition age 30 shortly after I was born, most likely congenital. She suffers from mitral valve prolapse and aortic valve stenosis, as well as atrial fibrillation (AF). Throughout my life, mum has never kicked up a fuss or highlighted her condition. She has just continued with life and its pressures like anyone else, despite her health hindering some things that everyone else finds easy and take for granted!


We all keep hearing more about the subject of mental health and in today’s turbo-charged world around one in four people in Britain has a mental health condition. Mental health comes in different forms, is often misunderstood and there are a lot of people suffering in silence. Being fit and healthy is not just about the physical side of things. It is also the mental side of things and ones well being.


For 2020 I am raising money for British Heart Foundation, please see my Just Giving page to read the story and see the updates by clicking the JustGiving logo below.


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