You’ve got a friend

OCD doesn’t just affect those who have the disorder: it can also have a huge impact on the people around them. And coming up this month we have two examples of people so inspired by those they love with the disorder that they will be taking on sponsored runs for OCD Action.

On the 17th April, Katie Stewart will be running the Plymouth Half Marathon. Katie has a close friend who has struggled with OCD for her whole life. You may know this friend as none other than Esme, chair of our Youth Advisory Panel! Katie, who knew little about the disorder before meeting Esme in her first week of university, really had her eyes opened to how debilitating it can be, and wants to raise awareness to help educate more people about it.

So Katie will be taking on this 13.1 mile behemoth which winds through varied locations with coastal views, a harbour and the National Trust grounds of Saltram Park. Please, please donate to her JustGiving page: she’s already exceeded her £100 target and raised £130, so just think how much she could still raise with over a week to go!

Also on the 17th April, Eleanor Williams will be doing a “Big Sister” fundraising event. Eleanor is running a 10k for her two big sisters, Sophie and Imi (pictured below). Both of her sisters suffer from debilitating illnesses: Imi has Muscular Dystrophy, and Sophie has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Eleanor says she has always looked up to her sisters, and they’ve always looked out for her, so she is running the Asda Foundation City of Lincoln 10k to raise money for both OCD Action and Muscular Dystrophy UK.

As Eleanor says, “There's no better inspiration to do something a little out of your comfort zone than your own sisters living out of their comfort zones every single day. They don't let their illnesses beat them. I want to fight with them, just like they have with me since I was that little chubby baby with a white skin head”. Eleanor has already raised £615 for her sisters (£745 including Gift Aid), so go visit her Virgin Money page and help her achieve even more!

Thank you so much to both Katie and Eleanor, and we wish them all the luck in the world for their mega runs!

Are you thinking of doing any kind of fundraising event soon? Whether it’s another Half Marathon or something completely different, we’d love to hear from you. So please contact Phil at or on 020 7253 5272. Don’t worry if you’re only planning to raise a little amount, or even if you’re doing something that’s purely for awareness. Every little gesture does a huge amount of good for people with OCD!