Well done all those runners who completed the half marathon and the mini marathon yesterday! I recognised at least 3 names amongst those who were amongst the runners. Congratulations on raising money for so many worthy charities. Training for this event has meant a lot of training and if you want to consider next years event and keep fit at the same time you may need to start now! The planning and preparation of the Ealing Half Marathon on race day was supported by Ealing Eagles Running Club which is a friendly and social running club in Ealing, founded in 2009 for runners and joggers of all standards, from beginners and novices to expert racers, in the Ealing, Perivale, Greenford, Hanwell, Northfields, Brentford & Acton area. If you live, work or are just passing through the Ealing area,you can join one of the Ealing Eagles training sessions. http://www.ealingeagles.com Charities supported It was interesting to learn about those charities, most of which support local causes, that benefitted from runners who raised money by being sponsored. I am afraid I was not aware of several of these charities and felt it was an opportunity to promote their work in our community and beyond. The headline charity of the race supported was:- Epilepsy Action exists to improve the lives of everyone affected by epilepsy. As well as campaigning to improve epilepsy services and raise awareness of the condition, Epilepsy Action offers assistance to people in a number of ways including a national network of branches, accredited volunteers, regular regional conferences and freephone and email helplines.
*************************** Ealing Mencap provides a wide range of services and support to people with learning disabilities in west London, as well as their families and carers. http://www.ealingmencap.org.uk *********************** C-A-P-E is an established registered charity offering a dynamic and flexible outreach and day service for people who experience severe and enduring mental health difficulties living in the London Borough of Ealing. Cape aims to improve the quality of life of the people who use the service by; * Enabling clients to access meaningful activity. * Facilitate clients to build relationships with others who may be isolated. * Offering support – emotionally, practically and socially. * Helping clients to access a range of health and social care provisions. * Helping clients make informed choices about their lives. * Promoting the principles of recovery. Visit their website for more information http://www.c-a-p-e.co.uk *********************** Shooting Star CHASE is your local children’s hospice service, a charity caring for local families with a child or teenager with a life-limiting condition. We currently help over 600 families living in western London, Surrey and West Sussex. Our aim is to make every day count for these families. We are here for every step of their journey, sharing the good times and helping them through the tough times with practical, nursing and emotional support. ********************** We work through local churches to unlock people’s potential, helping them to discover that the answer to poverty is within themselves. When disasters strike, we respond quickly. We won’t stop until poverty stops. At Tearfund, what drives us is a belief that the local church is a powerful force for transformation in communities living in every kind of poverty. Inspired by the example and teaching of Jesus, we recognise that people have deeply interconnected material and spiritual needs, and we seek to meet those needs by working through our local church partners. Churches are at the heart of their communities – full of dedicated, resourceful people who want to make a long-term difference. We work particularly in Africa, Asia and South America – and also across Eastern Europe and the UK. Right now, we’re focussing on some of the biggest challenges facing the world today. Find out more about what we do and where on our website.http://www.tearfund.org ************************ Imperial College Healthcare Charity is an independent charity that raises and manages charitable funds for all five hospitals within Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust: Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea, St Mary’s and Western Eye hospitals. We work with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust to pursue three key objectives: Great Science – enabling clinical research and advances in healthcare. By supporting staff to deliver advancements in medical science, we can make improvements to the treatment patients receive. Clinical advancements can help reduce the time patients spend in hospital, reduce their discomfort and make improvements to their rehabilitation and recovery. Excellent patient care – making a measureable difference to the patient experience and delivery of care. Excellent staff are key to ensuring excellent patient care. We therefore provide grants to staff for training and personal development. We also support the Trust to recognise excellent staff through a range of recognition awards. The use of art has long been recognised as an effective way to improve the healing environment. We manage an art collection of more than 1,600 pieces that are displayed across all five Trust sites. A healthier community – supporting projects that tackle health inequalities in the communities served by the Trust There are huge disparities in the health of the communities where the Trust’s hospitals are based. By funding local community organisations and initiatives, the Charity is able to support the Trust, in accessing some of the hardest to reach communities, where health problems prevail. ************************ In 2010 22 year-old Holly Bantleman set off on a soul-searching round-the-world trip, hoping to have that ‘life changing’ experience and during this trip she visited Kenya. Raise the Roof Kenya’ began after she visited a village on a dump site called ‘London’ in the town of Nakuru. The area had sprung up after the 2007/2009 electoral violence in which so many people were displaced. Over 250 people, many children, set up camp on the landfill and found themselves with no means of escape, relying on the rubbish truck for their food, with children playing in rags, barefoot and literally starving. Initially the the idea was to raise the money to buy tin roofing for the people living on the landfill without food or shelter and to eventually provide a long term solution for their plight. With that mission accomplished after raising money through UK donations, several more visits to Kenya, and many more eye opening experiences, Holly decided that RTRK would become a long term project. From school fees and medical bills, to housing and small businesses, RTRK have managed to support children and families in destitute situations. Now spending a third of her year in Kenya, Holly has noticed a lack of opportunity for the bigger teenage kids, (she was one herself not so long ago!) so has found another directions in which to take RTRK – the ‘Think Big’ Project is the Barut Development Centre build. The idea is for us to provide the community (the poorest in the area) with a sports ground, community centre and vocational school so people can gain education and training to go on and live sustainably in the future. ************************** St Mungo’s opens doors for homeless people. Mainly based in London and the South, we provide over 100 accommodation and support projects day in, day out. We run emergency homeless services – including street outreach teams, and accommodation for rough sleepers and hostels. We support homeless people in their recovery – opening the door to safe housing, drug and alcohol support and physical and mental health care. We provide more help for homeless people in gaining life skills than any other charity – from job training to independent living skills in our ‘semi-independent’ houses. Preventing homelessness is very important to us. Our ‘complex needs’ housing provides safe and supportive homes for nearly 400 vulnerable people. Our community support teams work with thousands of people at risk – including former rough sleepers. By opening our doors, and by opening the doors to services within St Mungo’s and in the broader community, we are able to help thousands of homeless people change their lives for good every year. ************************* http://www.samaritans.org/branches/samaritans-ealing-branch TALKING GOT ME THROUGH Talk to us any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal. WELCOME TO THE SAMARITANS EALING BRANCH If something’s troubling you, get in touch: Telephone our branch: 020 8560 2345 Email Samaritans: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit our branch: Samaritans London 26 Junction Road Ealing London W5 4XL Usual hours open to receive callers at the door: Phone for details Facilities for visitors with disabilities: Phone for details ************************ ECIL is a membership organisation representing and supporting disabled people and carers, of all types and of any age, who live and work in the borough of Ealing and surrounding boroughs. We are proud to be part of the Independent Living movement and are one of a growing number of Centres for Independent Living (CILs) around the country. The government strategy paper Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People published 2005 recommends that there should be a CIL in every local authority area. ECIL was formed as an independent organisation in 2002. We gained our charitable status in that year. We are now funded by Ealing Council and the Ealing Primary Care Trust. ************************ The Gabrielle Gray Foundation is a charity founded in the memory of my sister Gabrielle Emilie Gray Giam (Gaby) who passed away on the 16th of August 2012 at the age of 31. The Gabrielle Gray Foundation was inspired by the compassion that Gaby showed towards others throughout the 31 years of her life. Some of her last advice to us was to not be bitter, to be grateful for everything and no matter how bad things seem they can always be worse. These wise words remind us of how fortunate most of us are. The Gabrielle Gray Foundation will be helping young vulnerable adults between the ages of 18-24 in West London. Help us to help others who are less fortunate and continue her legacy. If anyone reading this may have benefitted from one of these charities or who ran the half marathon for another worthy cause it would be great to publish your story on this site, which aims to talk about health and related issues especially of local interest.