The Long Distance Lad from Lincoln!
Shane's 1000km Challenge
Leading the charge of our running campaign is undoubtedly Shane Nicholl who has set himself a 1000km challenge for 2013. Shane's inspiration comes from his girlfriend Jenny who suffers from chronic severe eczema enduring regular bouts of eczema herpeticum. More than half way through the year, Shane is now half way through his challenge and almost half way to his ambitious fundraising target of £6,000.
Undertaking a challenge like this inevitably means making sacrifices, but unbelievably this really means making sacrifices every single day for a year in terms of training and/or fundraising and giving up one day of his weekend every single week. That's what we call dedication.
In Shane's own blog he writes "This year I am going to extreme lengths to raise awareness of the extreme forms of eczema, and how for many it is a chronic condition that has complete control over their life. As a keen runner, I had the intention of raising money for this cause through running, with the initial idea having been to potentially run the London Marathon. However, the more I thought about the cause, the more I realised how I would have to do something big to stand out from the thousands of other charity runners. This is where the idea of my 1000km challenge was born, where I would run not one, but six marathons alongside 26 half marathons and 20 10ks. A year of running, far beyond anything I have done before, that would push my body to the limits and make people more aware of the severity of the condition."
He certainly does stand out! His commitment is amazing, but we know, as many others before him he's a little disappointed that fundraising is "slow". These are, of course, difficult times for everyone and all charities have to work that bit harder to fundraise and make those funds stretch that little bit further.
However, those of you living with eczema will know that ours is a cause worth supporting and that people like Shane allow us to continue to provide vital Helpline and information services to those living with and caring for people living with this condition; the psychological and physical effects for some being quite devastating.
So, if you can spare a little to support the cause and show Shane that we appreciate the sacrifices that he is making, please visit his Justgiving page now! Thank you.
You can can get an idea of what different sorts of challenges people set themselves and what sort of fundraising targets they achieve by visiting the National Eczema Society's Just Giving page http://www.justgiving.com/nationaleczemasociety/.
The National Eczema Society still has a few places in the Bupa Great South Run, October 26/27 so if you are interested in running for us as a build-up to the 2014 London Marathon please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.