OCD Action would like to say a HUGE congratulations and thank you to our Virgin Money London Marathon runner David Goldstone!
David took on this legendary 26 mile course inspired by his daughter, Sophie, who has had a long battle with OCD over the last few years. Sophie has come a long way and although still fighting OCD continues to improve every day. Through the video she produced for the OCD National Conference she has become an inspiration for many young people also fighting, and she will be helping produce a film for the Michael Rutter Centre.
When the day came around, David found himself faced with the blazing sun of the hottest London Marathon ever - but he didn't let that deter him! Knowing that no matter how difficult it was, it was nowhere near what Sophie had been through, he powered on and managed to finish the Marathon in 5 hours 55 minutes 20 seconds!
The atmosphere of the day was electric, with thousands of people coming together to raise money for all kinds of amazing causes. The OCD Action team managed to catch David at the 14 and 21 mile marks, and despite the intense course he was absolutely buzzing with positive energy.
Sophie is the real hero. I'm so proud of her helping me to raise close to £14,0000. However hard it was for me today it was nothing compared to what people suffering from OCD and their families go through on a daily basis.
Not only did David smash the Marathon, but he raised an absolutely STAGGERING £14,000 in the process (and donations are still coming in!) This makes David not only our Fundraiser of the Year, but the highest
The funds David has raised will be split between two wonderful causes:
1. OCD Action's Helpline:
When my daughter was extremely unwell I felt a hopelessness that I had never before experienced. Those of you who know me know that I am an extremely positive person and yet I was at one of the lowest points of my entire life. I found the Ocdaction helpline online and called. They were able to give me hope, reassurance and guidance. This led to my accessing their advocacy service which gave me the tools to get my daughter the treatment she needed as well and support for my wife and I though the parent support group that we attend every month. I want the money I raise to support the many many others who are RIGHT NOW where we were back then.
2. A film for the Michael Rutter Centre, being produced in collaboration with OCD Action
The OCD team at the Michael Rutter Centre for Children and Young People is a specialist unit within the Maudsley Hospital in South London. They are a world leading institution for those young people fortunate enough to get on one of their programmes they have a great track record of helping people recover. Following a referral and assessment my daughter had to wait a few months to start. During this time - things were really tough and even basic activities were very difficult never mind going to a strange hospital. I am raising money for a film to be produced that children suffering from OCD can watch to give them reassurance about the treatment that they will be receiving and will feature some interviews with other children who have been through the programme. Had we seen something like this then it would have made our journey easier.
The £14,000 David has raised will help a tremendous amount of people with OCD through these two channels.
And an equally big thank you to Sophie, who continues to be an inspiration to so many.
Thank you both so much for all you're doing for people with OCD!