Today is known as MND Global Awareness Day. It’s a matter close to my heart as I am about to detail below. I know it’s not what the blog is about but I hope you’re open enough to read the rest of this point to understand my reasons for embarking on what I’m about to do. The majority of you are a regular lot who continue to visit often and I can assure you I’m not going to turn We Must Obey into something about me. Nonetheless, I’m excited about my challenge and have coincided today’s awareness day with the timing of this post. Cheers.
So here I am, cap in hand, asking for your money. Or more specifically, your donations. I never imagined I’d reach this plateau, other than through merchandise if enough people were interested to wear our logos – which judging by my brief post about it on Facebook, floundered quicker than Leeds United’s hopes of getting promoted last season. But alas, my reason for this is not for personal gain and I hope you’re willing to read on, given this isn’t exactly the most musical post.
Last August I put this site on ice to allow me to say goodbye, to fully focus on saying farewell to my mother, who died of motor neurone disease just over ten months ago now. For those of you who don’t know, motor neurone disease is a progressive, terminal illness that attacks the nervous system, leaving the mind unharmed but sapping the life out of the body, as the brain stops sending signals to muscles around the body, until eventually it affects every muscle from the neck down. It eventually can affect swallowing and breathing and that is often the final fatal step. It’s victims rarely survive more than five years with the disease.
I took up running again shortly after that – I wanted to do something for the Motor Neurone Disease Association that supported my mum so well in the last couple of years of her life. I was still embellished in the Olympics and Paralympics, which you really could not escape in the UK, and I used to go running when I was still in high school. Plus, my initial idea, organising a charity gig, was significantly more challenging, given I knew nothing of how to formulate such an event from the ground up.
So it goes like this – and yes, that is my skinny ass right there with a commemorative medal – I’m competing in the 2013 Bupa Great North Run on Sunday September 15th, an iconic half marathon starting from Newcastle-upon-Tyne and finishing in South Shields. The race was earmarked the day I first went for an early morning jog – my family heritage is in the North East, as my late grandad was from Newcastle, and thus the race is a fitting tribute to my mother and my family, and a sufficient challenge to set myself. In the process, I aim to at least £500 for the MND Association. It’s not a lot, but the money raised will all go directly to the MND Association to help them continue to support patients, their families and carers in need, as well as funding research into finding long-sought treatments to combat and maybe one day cure this wretched disease.
The race was earmarked the day I first went for an early morning jog – my family heritage is in the North East, as my late grandad was from Newcastle, and thus the race is a fitting tribute to my mother and my family, and a sufficient challenge to set myself.
I have a Justgiving page which you can head to here: http://justgiving.com/Peter-Clegg1, where can read a little more about my run and what the MND Association do.
If you’re in the UK, you can also use the JustTextGiving service by texting PCLG £AMOUNT (between £1-10) to 70070.
On top of this, my employers are matching everything I raise up to £500. At time of publication of this post, £121 has been raised, and so effectively that figure is doubled, and every donation up to £500 will be doubled by my employers!
Of course, to supplement this will be a series of rock and metal themed features that will basically be a look into the music that keeps me churning out the miles in different ways. You’ll see a number of these in the next few weeks and I hope you’ll appreciate with this fresh content. I’ll keep you all informed from time to time as well with how training and fundraising is going, but subtly enough to not deviate from our regular coverage too much.
Thank you all for reading this – I promise not to consistently ram this down your throats. The last thing I wish is to beg you for cash. But if you are able to donate anything or even just spread the word about my efforts, that would be the greatest thing, and I promise when I run that race, I’ll make a proud supporter out of you all.