As many of you know, I last weekend I foolishly agreed to run a half marathon in Reading.
The good news is I survived, with a reasonably respectful time of 1 hour 55 minutes.
Originally I had taken on the challenge purely as personal one, However, I was approached last month by Jocelyn, an inspiring woman I first met during my election campaign in Wales. After being diagnosed with Bipolar, Jos spent years trying to understand and manage her condition. In doing this she found new ways to help her and loved ones around her to cope with mental illness. She developed programmes, support groups and games that help people with mental health issues come to terms with them and manage the symptoms.
This year, she has set herself the challenge to establish CHAT (Community Health and Advice Training) acommunity based mental health support charity. CHAT was developed from the experiences of service users to provide a humanistic approach to coping with a mental illness. They offer awareness workshops which support people and help develop a personal understanding of their illness that can truly make a difference to their lives and the lives of those around them.
Given my concerns about being able to survive the marathon, I didn’t ask for sponsorship in advance, but would be really grateful if you would be willing to make a small donation to CHAT to help get them up and running and working in the local community.
You can make a donation via http://www.chateducation.com/