Runners and Divers

As OCD Awareness Week draws to a close, it’s the perfect time to draw attention to two of our recent star fundraisers!

First is Sam Parker, who a few weeks ago set out on the ambitious challenge to run three separate 10K runs on three consecutive weekends. When we last updated you, Sam had got off to a shaky, but still impressive, start, as she got struck down with a cold but decided to soldier on and do the first run anyway, finishing in 1 hour 20 minutes.

Fortunately (for both Sam’s fundraising and, of course, her health!) Sam had managed to overcome the cold by the following weekend. So she managed to finish her second run (on Saturday 1st October) in an impressive 1 hour 8 minutes, absolutely thrashing her previous time. With a time like that, she’s certainly right to look this happy!

Her final run was last weekend, on Saturday 8th October. Sam said that this one was the hardest yet and “super hilly” but she nonetheless managed to get to the finish in 1 hour 16 minutes.

Sam wrote:
It's been really good fun. I’m going to miss getting a cheeky medal every weekend, but will be nice to give the legs a rest!

We’d say Sam’s fundraising efforts have been worthy of an international super spy like the one that shares her running number:

We’re certainly both shaken and stirred by her impressive total: she’s managed a massive £518.14 including Gift Aid. Her JustGiving page is still open, so donate and show her how great her efforts were!

Hot on her heels, we had someone equally incredible, Charlotte Davison. Remember last week when we told you that she was going to be jumping out of a plane and diving a dizzying 10,000 feet?

Well, she didn’t end up doing it.

Because she dived 15,000 feet instead!

Considering Charlotte did this skydive in part to face her own OCD fears, which had stopped her from enjoying her love of rollercoasters, taking on an even more terrifying challenge than the one she’d planned is seriously daring.

Charlotte wrote:
All thoughts of needing to check my safety were gone when I was hanging out of that plane looking at a sheet of white clouds, I went from nervous to excited to sick then at the bottom I turned into pure jelly and couldn't stand up! But it was such an amazing experience, the sights were beautiful and I even took control of the parachute.

We’re thrilled Charlotte had such a rewarding and exciting experience, and we hope that it went some way to helping her own OCD. And of course we’re also incredibly grateful that she raised a stunning £326.25 including Gift Aid. But it’s not too late to donate to her JustGiving page!

Congratulations Charlotte and Sam, and thank you!

Would you like to run or dive for charity? We’d love to hear any ideas you have, so get in touch with me at charlie@ocdaction.org.uk and we’ll give you all you need to help you out.