My name is Jordan Stewart and I live in Kilwinning with my beautiful fiancée Skye and our rescue dog, Bella. It’s been two years since I ran my last marathon, which I organised and fundraised for Papyrus UK, in memory of my cousin Connor. I’ve just about recovered and I’m ready to do it all over again – raising money for a great cause, Penumbra! (here’s my justgiving page).
I always try to learn a bit more about the charity’s I support, and I’ve been blown away by the services Penumbra provide, from its success stories, to the journeys of those accessing the service and beyond. Having lost loved ones to mental ill health, I’m terrifically honoured and proud to be in the position I am, to be able to help at least one person, even if it’s by raising a little money, or spreading awareness for a good cause.
I’ve been blown away by the services Penumbra provide, from its success stories, to the journeys of those accessing the service and beyond.
With a gentle nudge from my Personal Trainer and friends, who are also training for the upcoming Edinburgh Marathon, I was back, but I knew if I signed up again it would have to be for a charity with services local to me. It’s a cause that’s very important to me and through my fundraising efforts, I’m able to raise money and have a laugh – most of the time, at my own expense!
I’ve even incorporated funny forfeits for reaching fundraising milestones – last time I ended up with bleach blonde hair, doing training runs in a dress and completing food challenges. I’m also running hidden team football cards to help raise money as well as sharing my JustGiving page across social media. Everyone’s generosity has blown me away, especially in a cost-of-living crisis, it’s much appreciated.
When I’m running in the marathon this May, I’ll be running on behalf of Connor and anyone affected by mental ill health. Today no one should have to suffer in silence. Thank you.