Running for my Life
Running, by faith and with endurance, from mental illness to marathon runner, charity campaigner, and brother in Christ

I have lived through both mental illness and living on the streets. The correlation between mental health and homelessness is increasingly visible; people are at risk of mental ill health when they lose their home, and at risk of losing their homes because of poor mental health. In short, mental ill health is both the cause and consequence of homelessness for many. I will post regular updates over the year about fundraising and events, and look forward to speaking with and meeting many of you along the way.


They say there is no rest for the wicked, and this must make me very wicked indeed!! 2017 will see me take on my biggest challenge yet as I take on my first FIVE Ultra Marathons, including the London 2 Brighton Challenge in May and the fabled Race to the Stones in July. As an aside, I also intend to run a minimum of twelve marathons!


My approach to fundraising will also be different this year. By not having to take a charity place for any of the events to which I am committing, it allows me to split my fundraising total across multiple charities which are significant to me. I have chosen 4 beneficiaries for 2017's running and fundraising campaign, Running Wild 2017. They are:-


The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields

The Connection at St Martin’s is a homelessness charity in central London, located next to Trafalgar Square, which helps thousands of homeless people every year to move away from, and stay off the streets of London. They don't simply provide shelter and immediate help, but are committed to developing longer term solutions for individuals and for the City, I work within the Parish and am also a Parishioner of St Martin-in-the-Fields, so this charity is one to which I have a real affiliation, and wish I had known them when I slept rough in London those years ago


Mind, the mental health charity

Mind have been a constant in my life in recent years and by supporting National Mind, it provides resource for campaigning and policy change at the highest level


Birmingham Mind

Mind's federated structure means that much of the frontline work and support is carried out by it's local branch network. Birmingham Mind, in my home city, continues to do incredibly valuable work within the local community


Manchester Mind

A drop-in to Manchester Mind may have changed and saved my life. They listened, it was through them that I realised I wasn't alone, and they signposted me towards my eventual diagnosis. I owe them a great deal


I have confirmed my schedule as follows and will keep these updated over the coming weeks and months.


My fundraising page is now live at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/runningwild2017. Even the smallest donation could change a life.


I have lived through both mental illness and living on the streets. The correlation between mental health and homelessness is increasingly visible; people are at risk of mental ill health when they lose their home, and at risk of losing their homes because of poor mental health. In short, mental ill health is both the cause and consequence of homelessness for many. I will post regular updates over the year about fundraising and events, and look forward to speaking with and meeting many of you along the way.



2017: Running Wild