They say that time flies when you’re having fun so I must have been having lots of fun with the fundraising for ‘Do It For Dan’ as the half way point in the year of challenges has just passed. I can’t believe how quickly it has passed and judging by that the year will be over before I know it. As we’ve reached another significant point in the campaign, it seemed like an ideal opportunity to have a look at how far we’ve come and what there still is to do.
The main achievements so far are:
We’ve passed the £2000 mark for the fundraising effort (if we include Gift Aid) thanks to some very generous people
Thanks to our generous sponsors who donated in June, we won £100 from Local Giving in their Local Hero awards
The Do It For Dan Facebook page is heading towards 250 likes and as only around 50 are my Facebook friends then we have done well to reach so many others
5 challenges have been completed so far which are Le Tour de Dan (cycling from Drighlington to Welton), the Endurer Dash, X Runner Wild Thing Mud Run, X Runner Water Wipeout and Total Warrior
There is still plenty to come over the next 6 months which include the following confirmed events:
Tough Mudder Yorkshire
101 mile Wiggle Yorkshire Tour sportive
Trekking the Yorkshire 3 Peaks in one day
2 Mens Health Survival of the Fittest obstacle course races
There have been some setbacks along the way mainly due to illness, both physical and mental. There have been a couple of bouts of chest problems which have hampered my training and the whole process of trying to train, fundraise, manage the social media sites, work and spend some time with the triplets hasn’t been easy. It has taken its toll especially mentally as I’ve put a lot of pressure on my shoulders to make this a success which has made it hard going at times as I’ve often become quite obsessive about it and have struggled to see how far the campaign has come. The weightloss and fitness challenge hasn’t gone completely to plan even though I’m definitely fitter than I was at the start of the year I haven’t progressed very far with the weightloss. There is hopefully still time to put that right before the end of the year. I’ve also not progressed as far with my running as I would have liked and I think that is going to make some of the upcoming events hard but I am determined that I’ll get through them.
The target I set for the year was ambitious to say the least but the main thing I was setting out to achieve was to try and raise awareness which I think has been quite successful so far. If I could just get all of my Facebook friends to like the Do It For Dan Facebook page and invite their friends then it could really take off and make a difference. Each one of them will know someone like me who suffers from depression or a mental health issue and that could help them to seek out help or tell their friends. They might be looking for an opportunity to open up to someone but haven’t known how to bring it up so that might open the conversation. It took me a long time to admit to myself that I had a problem and then to admit it to others as I thought that they would think I was weak but I’ve had some fantastic support since I did start to tell people how I was struggling. The problem with depression is that when you suffer with it you get very good at hiding it from people so no one would ever know that you were suffering. We all need to work together to break the stigma so that people aren’t worried about talking about it or seeking help.
Finally I’d like to thank everyone for their donations and support so far. It has been much appreciated by both myself and the good causes. The money will make a difference to both and by raising awareness it is helping towards their aims. There’s a long way to go but we’ve achieved so much with the campaign so far. The next 6 months won’t be easy but I will get there and even if we don’t make all of the targets I’ll have done everything I could to try and get there.
Onwards and upwards