The Good Grief Trust
£2,001 of £1,000 goal
This year, in Jay's memory, I would like to take the opportunity through running and/or other events to raise money for The Good Grief Trust, an organisation which aims to provide comprehensive information for the bereaved.
So far I'll be doing Alpha Wolf (4 Wolf Run events - April, June, September & November), Lee Valley Runfest Half Marathon (April) and the Richmond Half Marathon (September). More events will be added as they are booked.
Funds are needed by The Good Grief Trust to drive a new national initiative forward and bring all bereavement services under the one umbrella via The Good Grief Guide, a new online support network, run by the bereaved, for the bereaved.
The Good Grief Trust has been set up by Linda Magistris (pictured below). Linda lost her partner Graham to a rare cancer just over 2 years ago and was shocked at the lack of understanding and information available from GP's, the hospital and hospice. There are excellent organisations and charities around Britain offering bereavement support, but often it is difficult to find them if you have not been given the correct information and advice. She subsequently discovered that there is a need for radical improvement in bereavement support in the UK and close the gaps that are currently in our bereavement net around the UK and so The Good Grief Trust was launched on BBCBreakfast in September 2014, the 2nd anniversary of Graham's death.
The funds will be used to develop a new fully comprehensive National Bereavement Pack to be available via every frontline organisation, to signpost newly bereaved to the new website and support those further along their journey, so that no one is allowed to fall through the net if they suffering from grief.
To keep up-to-date on The Good Grief Trust's progress, you can follow them on Facebook or Twitter, or sign up to http://www.thegoodgrieftrust.org/
So the year is almost up, and its flown by with 4 half marathons, 4 wolf runs, a mile a day for a month, a new parkrun PB, a 25 mile month, and a 50 mile month.
There's been tears, there's been aches and pains, and there's been heartache ... but there's mostly been much needed fun, laughter, mud and medals! I couldn't have done it without good friends beside me - many of the same friends that helped me up when the world crashed down.
Thanks to you guys I've managed to raise almost £2K for The Good Grief Trust (the page will be open for another week or so if you'd like to help round it up ;). Those funds have made a huge difference to the work that's been carried out by the Trust this year, which saw the launch of the website ( http://www.thegoodgrieftrust.org/) at the end of 2017. Take a look if you haven't already.
So, on behalf of The Good Grief Trust I would like to say a HUGE thank you to you all for your donations, and another HUGE thank you from me for your support.
Please take a look at The Good Grief Trust website which is now live thanks in part to your donations, and share with anyone who may need support. x
So what's next? Who knows - I'd better come up with something quick as I still have another 3 months left of my year of challenges!!