The last few days has been a whirlwind of activity as soon as I received an email that was giving me the possibility of a cancellation place in the MDS – Marathon des Sables . What a phenomenal opportunity to raise money for the local mental health charity I like to support – Dundee Association for Mental Health (DAMH).
The problem or shall we call it a challenge, is that, as it is a potential cancellation place, everything is all very last minute. Including securing corporate sponsorship to pay the initial £2175, unbelieveably I am in the position to say all the fantastic businesses, the people driving these companies have gotten us to a place where I only need to raise just under £600 by approximately Tues/ Wed this week. A big ask, not when you consider we have already raised the amount to get here since Thurs evening – when all hell broke loose hahaha.
I have been truly honoured to be supported and blown away by people wanting to get involved and support this. I really think it shows the change in attitude toward mental health on a larger scale but also, something I always underestimate, peoples support and I guess faith in me to achieve what I set out to do!
Why is this important?
I am one of those who is not afraid to say I have had mental health issues, it doesn’t define me, it is not all that I am. I think this is important to remember this, to remember that mental health is not selective, it doesn’t matter whether you are a fitness professional, a high-flying career woman/ man, a child or an elderly person. The severity that anyone can be affected is variable and the diagnosis can be variable also. We need to begin moving away from the idea that those who suffer from mental health difficulties are a certain type of person (yes there are risk-factors but this is not a definitive) or have a specific job/ background. 1 in 4 people will suffer from a mental health problem! A family member, a work colleague, a friend, we all know someone.
I want to help DAMH to help meet the needs of there service users,they use physical activity based groups, greenbuds, relaxation periods. A variety of support is available for their service users, I volunteer and run a ‘Lifestyle with Louise’ where service users can book in to see me and we discuss what can help improve their health and how to go about this. This is no longer about me, this is about what i can do to help raise the profile of a fantastic local charity and raising funds to help them do this.
Taking on my biggest challenge to date to raise sponsorship funds for this fantastic charity is something I relish, being driven forward with each step, to keep going with the training and the actual race with the belief and support of others makes the decisions easy.
Once again a huge thank you to those already invested:
Art of Communication – Catherine MacDonald – She has set up this fantastic new business which is transforming her clients interactions with others.
Stuart Aitken Fitness – Stuart has been fantastic at helping me to stay accountable and focused in my gym based training when I often become distracted!
Lift the Bar – These guys are simply amazing!! A company/ group run by Chris Burgess, a personal training education and mentoring. Leading the way in personal trainer development! If you are in the fitness industry please head over and check them out, you will not regret it.
Sole Body Sole – Bharti runs this company, looking after all your foot problems – I have a feeling I will need alot, alot of care of my feet when I get back from this race next year! Have you seen the pictures????
Gas Technology Partnership Ltd – This company is run independently by Sarah Bridge!
If you would like to become a corporate sponsor please get in touch as soon as possible – my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org