In spite of the London 2020 Marathon being cancelled in April due to Coronavirus, Harpenden based mum Mandy Maqueen decided to take matters into her own hands and mark Mothers Day with a difference. She ran her own marathon, 26.2 miles locally in 5 different loops from her home on Mothering Sunday – and yes social distancing was observed at all times!
Mandy Macqueen has been training to take on the challenge to run in the Virgin Money Giving London 2020 Marathon to raise funds for a cause close to Mandy’s heart. Donations will help subsidise counselling sessions for the mental health charity where she is a trustee, The Counselling Foundation. She said “it is an honour to help to raise the profile and awareness of our charity and the counselling service that is available for members of our community.”
Mandy said on the day “it was tough on my own, without music for 5 miles and had to walk/run the last 8 miles because my hips and back were hurting. However, my motivation throughout was knowing that my run will make a difference, I have seen friends and family suffering due to the shortage of mental health services and wanted to be able to help more people receive life changing counselling support. There were tears at a few points in that last 2 hours but it was completely worth it! Thank you to everyone that has donated already!”
The Counselling Foundation receive no government funding and to ensure it maintains the subsidised element of their counselling service for those that need it, public donations are crucial. The charity requires £250,000 from fundraising and its’ other ventures to support this work.
Angela Pask, Marketing Communications said “Thanks to everyone who has supported Mandy on her journey to raise funds and awareness to help anyone who is experiencing anxiety, depression, loss or loneliness through counselling support. If you would like to help more people to talk to a trained counsellor, especially in these times of self isolation you can still donate.”
Mandy’s family, husband, son and dog were at their house at the end of each of the 5 loops to give her morale support, take videos and photos and hold the banners up for her to cross at 26.2 miles.
Mandy still plans to run the rescheduled London Marathon which is due to take place on Sunday 4 October.
Every pound that is donated will go directly to top up weekly charitable counselling sessions.
You can donate here uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MandyMacqueen.