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Running the New York Marathon for SANE
Added: 20th Nov 2018

This week’s SANE Star Fundraiser is Michael Beer, who took his fundraising overseas by running the New York Marathon. On the 4th of November, Michael completed the marathon in 5 hours and 2 minutes, despite battling through the flu in the week leading up to the race!

After struggling with mental health issues himself, Michael decided that raising money for SANE would be an important way of helping others to speak out:

‘People use the term “fighting mental illness” for a reason: you have a battle going on that no one can see. Some people cannot find the voice inside them to call a friend or family member to strike up a conversation and discuss something so personal. I am currently in a position in life where I have a life I am in love with: my children, my missus, my friends, my job. I feel very fortunate and grateful to be in such a position. But even so, sometimes you have bad days, and sometimes you can’t even explain why.’

Since Michael has always found that exercise has played a major part in maintaining positive mental health, it seemed appropriate that running a marathon would be his way of contributing to SANE’s cause. And, despite his illness getting in the way of his preparations, Michael soldiered on to complete the 26 miles with a huge smile on his face. Along the way, the heroic runner managed to raise an incredible £866.40 for SANE, smashing his original target by 73%!

Michael is now back home and resting up after his achievements, and is already planning his next fundraising effort:

‘Whilst I recover I am planning my next marathon with the hope of raising some more money for SANE to help them continue the amazing work they do. SANE are a fantastic outlet to those who cannot reach out to friends or perhaps feel that they are a “burden” to others.’

Thank you, Michael!

Michael's personalised SANE t-shirt!
If you have been inspired by Michael's story and would like to fundraise for better mental health, we'd love to hear from you! From fun run to marathon, quiz to karaoke, there's an idea to suit everyone. Email fundraising@sane.org.uk or call 0203 805 1790.

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