On May, 30th, along with over 12,000 runners, Clare, Paul and Mauro took part in the Vitality London 10,000 to raise money for SurvivorsUK. The Vitality London 10,000 starts on The Mall and finishes opposite Buckingham Palace, and runners follows a route around the City of Westminster and the City of London – an exciting run through London’s most famous sights including Admiralty Arch, Nelson’s Column, St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House, the Bank of England, the Old Bailey, Somerset House, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.
The atmosphere was great and the SurvivorsUK team was there to give the runners that extra encouragement. The day was a huge success, all of our runners got safely across the finish line, and all brilliantly beat their personal best – wow! After the race all of them got a big cheer and a special ‘thank you’ bag with some drinks and chocolates from SurvivorsUK.
Our awesome runners have raised an incredible £1,990 so far, which will be matched by £360 gift aid donations – thank you so much! And want to know the good news? Thanks to Clare, Paul and Mauro’s sporting efforts and to those who donated to their cause, SurvivorsUK will be able to start a new Group Work service for male survivors of sexual abuse.
Many survivors have not met another man who has had an abusive sexual experience and may feel isolated. In Group Work, male survivors will be able to share experiences with their peers and explore how members of the group interact with each other and how this may relate to experiences with others in the outside world, breaking the feelings of stigma and isolation.
So this is a special thank you to each and every one of our runners and supporters – from everyone at SurvivorsUK! It means so much to us and ultimately to the survivors, as well as their family and friends, supported as a result of your fundraising. We here at SurvivorsUK are very lucky and thankful that people are willing to literally go the extra mile to support our work.