”It has opened my eyes that too few people with learning difficulties, such as autism, which I have, don’t get an opportunity to go on trips like this… just because we are different it doesn’t mean we can’t experience the same wonders life has to offer us” – Participant in the New Horizons programme 2015
The 3rd of April I’m running the Paris Marathon. I only started to run two years ago. I hated to run when I was younger and I was always the slowest one in school. But that was before I realised that running is so much more than being the fastest. Running is helping me to deal with stress and anxiety, running has giving me friends for life and have made me believe in myself.
This week is the first of 14 weeks of hard training to try to prepare myself for the marathon. It’s a massive challenge for me but I’m going to prove to myself that I can do it.
I’m running the marathon to raise money for New Horizons, an international social action programme created and run by Medway Youth Trust. New Horizons give young people in the chance to participate in cultural exchange, enable them to develop critical skills and empower them to make a positive difference to their life and the lives of others.
New Horizons participants are young people from Medway who; may face a range of barriers and may otherwise not have such an opportunity. They are proving with their participation, that any vulnerability large or small isn’t an obstacle to achieving great things.
If you are interested in supporting the programme and transforming young lives, please support me tackle my marathon challenge. Sponsor me via the donate button on the right hand side of my fundraising page.