This weekend, we have two events coming up from our brilliant fundraisers!
On Sunday 24th September, Bex Middleton and John Orbell will be taking part in the Great East Run. Suffolk's equivalent of events like the Great North Run, this half-marathon takes place in Ipswich and takes in all of the town's finest sights, from the prestigious Willis building to the stunning Holywells Park to the finish line at Ipswich Town FC's Portman Road stadium. And John and Bex will be there, taking on the run to raise funds to help people with OCD and awareness of the disorder.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an extremely debilitating, yet widely misunderstood mental health disorder and so we hope to spread awareness by supporting this charity.
So far they've raised an impressive £230! This is going to do a lot to help people with this life-consuming condition, so a huge well done to both of you for all you've done to help them. Thank you so much, and very best of luck for Sunday!
UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to injury, John and Bex have had to drop out of their run. But they will be doing another run later this year in its place!
On the same day, father and son team Mark and Luke Harhoff will be taking on the Sheffield 10K. They have decided to enter themselves in the run because the cause is very close to their hearts: OCD has deeply affected their family.
My youngest son and Luke's brother (who is 12) developed contamination OCD at the age of 10. It came on very suddenly and completely changed the person he was which of course affected the whole family. My youngest son found it very difficult to deal with to the point where he decided that it would be better if he was not here at all. This he confided in his elder brother who thankfully is also his best friend. To cut the story short 2016 was a very difficult year for the whole family but with hard work and persistence we now have the support of our local NHS our son has combined CBT therapy with medication. Things are far from easy but there is a light at the end of our tunnel. [...]
This will be the first of many challenges for us, we are determined to raise as much as possible so OCD Action can continue to help as many people as possible. From first hand we know times can be tough but together we can help each other.
Thank you so much to the Harhoffs for using such a difficult experience to help others affected by this devastating condition. Here they are training for the big day:
We wish Mark, Luke, Bex and John the very best of luck with their running, and would like to thank them so much for raising awareness of OCD.
Inspired by their stories? Help them out with their fundraising below!