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:
The wonderful Michael Darvill has spent the last few months doing an unbelievable amount of running events to raise awareness about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Beginning with the Wimbledon 10K back on 5th March, he took on the Richmond 10K on 19th March, the Southampton Half Marathon on 23rd April and the Run Frimley 10K on 1st May. On 6th May, by taking on the gruelling London West Tough Mudder, Michael brought his incredible total up to FIVE running events in the space of just over two months - now that is dedication! Check out Michael here after having completely smashed the Frimley 10K:
In the process, he raised a whopping £437.50 to help people living with this terrible condition. You are amazing Michael! Thank you so much!
On 20th May, Daisy Sidwell and Paris Carter took part in the Colour Obstacle Rush, a super-fun "run festival" which combines the thrill of a running event with the party atmosphere of a music festival. Daisy and Paris had to traverse wacky obstacles such as slides, bouncy castles, a sponge ball ocean, space hopper racing, water balloon fights and having a lot of paint thrown at them. And as you can see below, they made it out in one piece!
Daisy and Paris raised an incredible £200 for OCD Action. Thank you so much guys, and well done!
On 28th May was the prestigious Edinburgh Marathon. This much-loved marathon event through the heart of beautiful Edinburgh is not for the faint of heart. And OCD Action had three people competing in the event to raise money for the charity.
First we had the amazing Emily, who took on this behemoth due to being inspired by the great work of our Youth Action Panel. Having lived with OCD herself, Emily wished that the YAP had been around when she was younger and struggling alone. Thanks to her incredible effort in this mega-run and tireless fundraising, Emily raised a staggering £1221.92. Think how many young people with OCD this will help! And as you can see from her grin, the run itself went absolutely swimmingly (or should that be runningly?)
Thank you so much Emily! Your hard work is much appreciated, and will be a huge help to people with OCD.
But Emily wasn't the only person taking on the Edinburgh Marathon! For Natalie Heaney and Joe Dowling were also taking on this massive beast of a run. Not only that, but it was the third run they took on this year. The runs went very well, though as Natalie said afterwards "We are tired with no knees left and long runs are called long runs for a reason!!!"
Natalie and Joe raised an amazing £1723.75, of which 20% was donated to OCD Action. Thank you both so much, and well done on finishing such a momentous run!
Also on 28th May was the latest run from Sarah Guy. Sarah is half way through her impressive nine runs that she's taking on this year. This is an astonishingly impressive amount of running events to brave, and it's all in the name of raising awareness of the condition of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The latest of Sarah's events was the Northallerton 10K, which she managed to finish and did extremely well in. Keep up the amazing work Sarah!
JP Morris continues to astound us with his tireless fundraising. JP has been fundraising since last year in memory of his best friend Daniel Hulme. This year his task is an even more impressive one: he is in the middle of running an unbelievable 1000 kilometres in a year! JP is well over the halfway point. On 28th May he took on the Manchester Half Marathon. Despite the worry due to the recent tragic events in Manchester the event was a big success, and we're still incredibly grateful to JP for all the wonderful work he has been doing to help people with OCD. Thank you so much JP, and keep being amazing!
On Saturday 3rd June, a truly special event was held at the Glasgow Film Theatre: a special private screening of Amadeus, Milos Forman's legendary 1984 epic about the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
This screening was to celebrate the life of Kenneth Turlewicz, an actor, writer and director in the Glasgow cultural scene who was known for his inspiration, optimism, fellowship, goodness and humour. Kenneth was affected by the debilitating condition of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which had a highly damaging effect on his life and contributed to his tragic and untimely death. He had a wish that one day he would be able to hold a screening of his favourite film and show it to his friends and family.
The event, organised by Kenneth's sister, Ilona Wewiorski (pictured outside the event), was a huge success. It raised £1500 for OCD Action (along with the British Heart Foundation and Shelter). It was also attended by the Glasgow Young Persons OCD Society's Greg Jolly, who said a few words about OCD at the event.
Thank you so much Ilona, and we're thrilled to hear the event was such a big success.
Thank you so much to all of our wonderful, wonderful fundraisers. Each and every one of you are incredible and do a lot to help people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. We wouldn't be able to carry out our work without you, so you should all feel very proud.