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Monday, 10 March 2014

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I know my blog is usually a place of things often twee, pink and sugary- but today's post is going to be a little different. Slightly less pink, a lot less sugar filled (not unless we're talking running fuel) a little more serious- but hopefully something you'll still find as inspiring as anything else I've ever put work into on here- and something I really wanted to share with you guys.

One of the most inspiring things I find in life, is being able to muster the strength, training and motivation to run- or complete any kind of marathon or course- and even more so, do it for a good cause. It's something I've toyed with so many times- but have never been able to get myself to do. This year my dad (formerly someone who could only ever run around the block) will be doing his sixth London Marathon, and being a cause that I feel so strongly about thought I'd post on here- in hope some of you may want to click over, perhaps donate (if every reader donated just 50p we could probably do a pretty awesome thing)- but of course- and over and above everything, just raise a little awareness!

As some of you may or may not know, my dad has his own barbershop (yup, it's pretty cool) and has gotten to know, and become friends with people from childhood to adulthood- one of them being Ozzie, a 28 year old primary school teacher and all round lovely hardworking guy. Tragically, around Christmas, Ozzie passed away at the scarily young age of 28 after rapidly contracting meningitis- something myself, and a lot of people didn't even know could happen at such a fast pace, and something I hope we can raise some awareness for on this little piece of the net. So if you get a spare 5 minutes would absolutely love to check out my dad's Just Giving page and have a read, and if you can, donate.

On top of that, one of the loveliest people I've had the pleasure of meeting since blogging, Cesca, has also recently done something amazing for another charity close to my heart, Motor Neurone Disease- by completing The Major Series with some other top ladies- so would love if you could click over here and learn a little about what she's done. She's another one of the most hardworking and kind people I know- so she deserves it. Do it for the sisterhood y'all!

Annnd breathe! If you've read the whole of this post, thank you so, so much- normal service will resume tomorrow.

x

26 comments:

  1. I would like to run some sort of event one day, Running has never been the easiest sport for me so would be great to achieve something.

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  2. Great photos of London , and super post:)) x
    Bianka
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  3. Six marathons? What an inspiration your dad is, and a fantastic cause to support.

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  4. Such a great picture of London and even more amazing post! x

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  5. Such an inspiring post! Running a marathon is definitely on my list of things to do :-) x

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  6. It's really inspiring what your dad is doing!

    xx
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  7. Reading this makes me want to start training for a marathon and raise money for one of the many charities out there. Reading about Ozzie made me feel really sad, the fact that someone can lose their life so young. Good luck to Papa P with the marathon!

    Elizabeth x | www.candyflosscurlscupcakesandcouture.com

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  8. As much as I enjoy reading your daily posts, I also like this kind of posts that reach out to other people and raise awareness from things going on around us. Wishing good luck to all of you & thank you for sharing! x

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  9. I think that is a really heartfelt post Liv :) I am 28 and I certainly wouldn't be ready to go... Very very sad :( I am doing the Ben Nevis Midnight Challenge in August for Dementia UK. Xxx

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  10. That's such a big accomplishment for you dad to have already run 6 marathons! I'm sorry to hear about the loss of his friend. I hope you guys can raise a lot of awareness for such a great cause. I'll be sure to spread the word!

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  11. Great post! So inspirational! I feel like I want to try and do a run or raise some money by doing a great cause for a great cause, I'm currently debating The Colour Run later in the year but I'm unsure as I am a terrible runner haha! But it's a risk I'd be happy to take in order to raise money for a charity.

    Good luck to your dad!

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  12. That is amazing! Good luck to him :)

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  13. That's really special!

    x Kenzie
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  14. Such a great accomplishment! Love your blog!!

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  15. Amazing what your dad is doing, well done! Hope you raise much money for the cause!

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  16. This is such an inspiring post Olivia, it's such a sad story and your dad is doing such a fantastic thing xx

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  17. Aww your Dad is an inspiration! I will definitely donate when I get home Olivia! xx

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  18. Your dad's doing such fabulous work! Very inspiring indeed!

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  19. love
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    daniella
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  20. Hi Olivia

    I think I met you once when you were very little and your brother George a couple of times. Thank you very much for your fantastic words and highlighting the devastation caused by this horrendous virus/bacteria. Ozzie was an inspirational young man, a fantastic teacher with a lot more to offer. I would also like to thank your readers and contributors and if their donations prevent even one family from having to endure what we have gone through, then that will be fantastic, thank you all, especially Darrell. I am sure Ozzie will be there cheering you on and even may be running with you.

    I have lost my buddy, and it hurts so much.

    Ozzie's Dad

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  21. Hi Olivia,
    I just thought I would leave you a little message to say my Fiance has MND and it's always nice to see people talking about it and raising money for the association, too.
    I really wanted to start running to train for a smaller run, but I have kept putting it off...... Your post has made me realise I should just get on with it!
    If you would like to have a look at my blog http://www.aimsui.co.uk you will see I paint bags to raise money for MNDA too :) xx

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  22. That's such a sad story about Ozzie. Your Dad is doing an amazing thing, I would get puffed out after about 50 meters! I really hope it goes well. XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.co.uk

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