I have been trying to run the London Marathon for a long time. My applications have been unsuccesful for 8 years; Now finally, I have a place and I will be running to raise Funds for a fantastic organisation - Brain Research UK.
I work for a Non-profit called SEND Coffee, which stands for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. We train young adults with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities to be baristas, and then try and find suitable and sustainable work within the specialty coffee industry. Working with young people with SEND has shown me more than ever, that no one individual is greater than another. We all deserve the same chances in life. Sadly, the reality is that due to certain conditions, there are human beings out there that regardless of society learning to accept and work with their disabilities, they won't be able to achieve the same goals, and have the same opportunities as others.
From my understanding - Brain Research helps doctors and health professionals find ways to prevent or treat problems that affect the brain, nervous system and body as a whole. There are more than one thousand disorders of the brain and nervous system. These range from neurological dysfunction, to cancers, to musculoskeletal disorders. Brain research, including brain injury research, studies dysfunctions that affect the nervous system, its function and development.
My partner also works in Neuroscience at King's College Hospital. She deals with patients on a daily basis with neurological and neurosurgical problems - hearing about her work and the world inside a Neuro department at a top London hospital, is extremely eye opening. She is also running for Brain Research UK and we will be tackling every step together.
If by running a marathon, I can help raise funds to help all of the above, then it is the very least I can do.
I could not think of a better charity to run my first ever 26.2 miles for.. And to top it off - it's the one and only London Marathon!!
Thank you so much in advance for your donations towards a big day and an even bigger cause.
BRING IT ON