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Can I trouble you again?

Discussion in 'off topic' started by lordsummit, Aug 15, 2019.

  1. lordsummit

    lordsummit Moderator

    Hi guys, I did this last year, and I hope you won't mind me doing it again. If you want the tl;dr it's at the bottom.

    I've been working with young people all my working life, and as I get older I become more and more aware of how challenging the world is becoming for them, and the impact it has on their mental health. Social media to a young mind is in my opinion the devil, but you try keeping them away from it. Then there's the way family life has changed, poverty, the pressure on parents due to crappy working hours, horrible housing, and you could forget we're in the 21st century.

    Add to this the pressure from austerity, the reduction of services from the NHS, the difficulty in accessing CAMHS, two years is not uncommon unless things have already reached crisis point. It's a system that lets manageable problems turn into a crisis.

    I have some skin in this game. I've had my issues, I'm doing well now, I found something that helped me. I've turned my life around in many ways, not least losing five stone and a half stone and getting out doing something I find rewarding. So I'm trying to use what is helping me to help a charity that I am passionate about.

    Papyrus is committed to helping prevent suicide in young people. They define young as 35 or under. There may well be some of us here who they could help. They offer help and support with the issues young people face. They run the Hopeline, this provides help for young people or their friends and family if they are worried about a young person. I've had two dear friends one who lost a child and the other a brother to suicide. One of my friends also committed suicide. None of us had guessed or knew. It's such a tragic waste of life.

    Anyway, I've been on something of a journey, three years ago I was an exceedingly unfit, lardy nearly 17 stone. It took me twelve months to get round a Parkrun without stopping, a year later I did my first 10k, and then later that year a second. This year I've been training hard and do the Great North Run on the 8th of September. I'm doing it for Papyrus, it's not easy, 13.2miles is a long way, I'd hoped to do it in about 2 hours, but I'm looking at 2h 15 now, a virus wiped out nearly two weeks of training, and I'm still getting back on it. I hope some of you might make a donation, our young people are important.


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  2. Still

    Still he said his naim was ralph

    Is it a year already!?
    This is a mighty fine cause.
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  3. lordsummit

    lordsummit Moderator

    It is a year, my legs feel like it’s about five...
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  4. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    Cor time flies...hope you do too.
    Will sort you out...
    Edit.. done...
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  5. lordsummit

    lordsummit Moderator

    Thanks guys. Their seems to be a glitch in the system so the donations aren’t updating. It’s really appreciated. Thank-you
  6. Still

    Still he said his naim was ralph

    The provisional wing of pfm's social justice/progress advocates have yet to make an appearance.
    Perhaps they are holding a meeting to decide how much to chip in.
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2019
  7. robs

    robs pfm Member

    The Great North Run eh?!

    Go for it Lordy!

    Donation made!
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  8. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    fantastic cause , had a family member attempt suicide not too long ago and its a desparate state to be in which can happen to any of us
    great to highlight this charity . i was at an airshow recently and becuase of these threads i recognised the stall there advertising papyrus
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  9. Still

    Still he said his naim was ralph

    Who is Jonathan Ribee?
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  10. martin clark

    martin clark pinko bodger

    Serge? No
    Rosemary? No
    Henry, the mild-mannered swamp thing?

    Could Be!
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  11. martin clark

    martin clark pinko bodger


    That's both a seriously impressive sustained effort on your part, and a wonderful cause. Bravo.
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  12. Pete MB&D

    Pete MB&D Pete Maddex, the one and only!

    I’m Jonathan Ribee and so’s my wife!
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  13. lordsummit

    lordsummit Moderator

    Thanks to you all. I’m just as last year humbled by the contributions people here have made. Thanks again.
  14. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    Please keep troubling us.

    Good luck with the run!
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  15. snowflake

    snowflake Former Albino Ape

    Good Luck - remember to use trusted trainers on the day, don't be breaking in a new pair :)

  16. lordsummit

    lordsummit Moderator

    Oh I won’t sir!! My pair have a good 400 miles in, think they’ll be ok for a few more.

    Thanks again everyone. You’re doing a wonderful thing.
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  17. mjw

    mjw pfm Member

    slipped to page 2 bump.
  18. cooky1257

    cooky1257 pfm Member

    Go Rich!
  19. Sloop John B

    Sloop John B pfm Member

    Fair play to you, best of luck with the run.

  20. lordsummit

    lordsummit Moderator

    Thank-you everybody. pfm is amazing and so are you.

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