A Marathon of a Challenge for fundraiser Sean

Sean Hill from Shoeburyness had high hopes of running this year’s London Marathon for Trust Links. But after the event was unfortunately cancelled as a result of a nationwide lockdown, Sean didn’t want to give up on his goal, and is determined to earn his medal while being a valuable advocate for us.

Sean smiles as he trains for his virtual marathon runThe Virgin Money London Marathon was scheduled to take place this year in April, but as with thousands of other events, was abruptly cancelled as a result of the pandemic. Now being held virtually and remotely, Sean will be running the distance of the marathon, a whopping 26.2 miles, throughout the day on Sunday 4th October.

In addition to receiving donations through Virgin Money Giving, a number of events have been hosted by Sean and his friends, including a fundraising football tournament, raising over £450, and a quiz night raising another £500. So far, and with just one week remaining, Sean has raised just under £3,000.

On the day of his marathon, Sean will be running in bouts of 10K beginning at midnight, and finishing at the Trust Links Growing Together garden on Elm Road, Shoeburyness – just one of the tranquil community gardens that hosts a number of our mental health and wellbeing projects.

Mental health is something that affects us all, with almost everyone knowing someone who has experienced mental health difficulties at some point in their life. Sean is unfortunately no exception to this, having lost a friend and football teammate in 2019.

“The team and I were and continue to be heartbroken that we will never see him again, but we will never forget him, he is constantly in our thoughts and we hold him in our prayers before we kick off every game. It was at his funeral that I found out that he was a huge supporter of Trust Links and had been volunteering and more recently working for them. It’s my aim today and from now on to continue his efforts and do my upmost to encourage the message he was so passionate about. Trust Links may not be a nationwide charity but, they have people involved that care, people that are desperate to help and hold no judgement.”

“If running the VMLM in their name will help, then 26.2 miles is just the start.”

To Support Sean’s tremendous efforts, click HERE. To get involved with fundraising, or to donate to Trust Links, click HERE.

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