They're not just fundraisers, they're people's stories

When I think about especially poignant fundraisers I think, gosh there are so many! For many of our fundraisers, particularly those signing up to challenge events, mental health is a subject close to their heart. Perhaps they’ve experienced mental ill health themselves or know a friend or family member who has. For me it’s the fundraisers whose stories I can identify with most that hit hardest. 

They’re not just fundraisers. They’re people’s stories. 

One thing’s for sure, people’s grit and determination never cease to amaze me! One of the most poignant fundraisers was Robbie who along with his pal Glenn ran the Edinburgh Marathon and raised a whopping £4.4k for Penumbra. The lads had set up a JustGiving page on which Robbie had talked about the support he’d received. 

“Penumbra were there for me when I needed help and it’s thanks to them, and the incredible love and support of my family and friends that I was able to get back on my feet.”

The lads had a huge number of friends, family and colleagues who rallied round and it was just lovely to feel the love and support from them through their comments.

People are driven by the need to make a difference

So why then do people feel compelled to support us?

I don’t know the answer to that really. But maybe it’s because the more that people share their own lived experience stories, the more we can all identify with these powerful journeys. People are driven by the need to make a difference – after all there’s nothing quite like doing something for someone else to put a smile on your face!

So I want to thank Robbie and Glenn, and each and every one of you for supporting us. It really does make a difference.

The event took place at Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries and Galloway, across a beautiful estate with woodland, lakes, and open hillside.

Huge thanks to Sheena for sharing this inspiring insight.

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