‘Close to Home’ – Wolf Runner Catarina

We are a pack of 17 women running the Winter Wolf Run on Sunday 3rd November to raise money for two causes: the mental health charity MIND and the Women in Power (WiP) Bursary Fund. Please read our full story and donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/wip-wolf-run

Today we hear from Catarina and her journey with running:

‘(I) followed the NHS program to start running and I now can call myself a runner! Something I never dreamed of doing in my whole life’.

We raise money annually for the WiP Bursary Fund but this year is different; we are running and fundraising in honour of our sister and friend, Jayne Blackman, who died by suicide in 2018. We want to double our fundraising so that we can give to both organisations.

Taking on the Winter Wolf Run is no small feat. Each woman running is doing so for their own personal reasons as well as for our collective goal. We range in age from 5 decades, from different walks of life and represent the power of communal action.

Let’s hear more from Catarina

Due to anxiety I started smoking last year and then managed to stop after 6 months with the help of the NHS app. I then got inspired by the C25 community and followed the NHS program to start running and I now can call myself a runner! Something I never dreamed of doing in my whole life, due to my anxiety, the fact that I was 40 and was never that good at sports and I had knee pain for 20 years.

I would love to raise money for MIND, this a charity close to home for me. I got a lot of help from a similar charity before, so I really appreciate the services and support they provide to people with mental health problems and of course helping to fund the WiP bursary.

I never met Jayne, but doing this in her memory feels very loving and meaningful.
I love to challenge myself into new situations and I’m excited to join the amazing WIP women that I will be collaborating and running with and getting all muddy!

Please donate here https://www.gofundme.com/f/wip-wolf-run and give what you can. For each donation, big or small, we thank you so much for helping us achieve our goal and giving back to organisations creating positive change in the world.

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