Calling all comic book fans! The country's most exciting comic festival is back, and OCD Action is once again the official charity!
Could you give up something you love for a month to help people with OCD?
Alasdair King is doing just that!
For the whole of October, Alasdair will be giving up alcohol in order to raise money for OCD Action. As you can see from the picture, he's now on a strictly tea-only regime for the whole month... and look how thrilled he is about it!
This weekend, we have two events coming up from our brilliant fundraisers!
On Friday 1st September 2017, four daring 13 year old boys set out to conquer the highest mountain in the British Isles.
Abe, Ben, Jonah and Malakai were inspired to take on Ben Nevis by the experiences of a family friend who suffers from severe OCD. Knowing from experience that many with this disorder would not be able to climb a mountain themselves, the boys decided to climb one in their name, and raise money for OCD Action and Brain Tumour Research in doing so. It's no mean feat: at a towering 4,411 feet, only the strongest of willed can make it to the top.
Next week, on Friday 1st September, four 13 year old boys will be taking on an absolutely incredible challenge.
Abe Yantin, Jonah Horne, Ben Goodkind and Malakai Shaffer are no strangers to inspirational feats: last year they climbed the towering Mount Snowdon, the tallest mountain in Wales. Not satisfied with such an already momentous feat, they decided that they'd spend the next two years taking on Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike in a "Three Peaks in Three Years" challenge, raising money for a different charity each year!
Our fundraisers are always going to incredible heights to help people with OCD. But sometimes, as in the case of the amazing Ann Cairns, they go to literal heights too!
Ann has long been a supporter of OCD Action, being one of our Awareness Champions. A member of her family lives with the condition, so she knows as much as anyone how devastating it can be and how great the need is for appropriate services.
On Sunday 9th July was the British 10K, the morning where the centre of London is shut down for one big running-themed street party! And for OCD Action it was one of the absolute highlights of the year for fundraising! There were eight wonderful fundraisers running for OCD Action, and all of them did amazingly well despite the blazing heat. There was an amazing atmosphere on the day, as our staff and volunteers turned up to cheer the incredible people on.
Remember Tom Clancy, who took part in last year's incredible OCD Walk? Well, he's only gone and done it again!
The British 10K on 9th July is one of the most iconic running events in the country. The unique event, which combines the thrill of a 10K run with the buzzing atmosphere of a British street party, has been going for 17 years. Union Flags will be flying, live music will be playing and there will be a generally bustling party atmosphere as the brave runners dash past Trafalgar Square, the Embankment, Big Ben and all the best landmarks of Westminster.
WOW! What an incredible couple of months for fundraising!
Our fundraisers are an important part of OCD Action. Without the donations they raise through their fabulous events, OCD Action would not be able to carry out all the work we do. It can also be very beneficial for the fundraisers themselves, who often live with OCD, and find training for a run or preparing an event can be a big help for their physical and mental health.
Here are some of the amazing things people have been up to in May and June: