Raising Money for Charity and The Subjectivity of Health

I will be swimming 40,000 meters within the month of August.

Hello everyone, how are you today? You know, I love writing blogs and making podcasts but I wish you could talk/write back! I hope your day has been great.

Today, I would like to tell you all about a very important charity called the Samaritans.

The Samaritans are an amazing charity providing a service to anyone and everyone who needs it. The Samaritans are available to call 24/7, 365 days a year and are fighting against suicide and mental illness by providing support and a listening ear. 

There were 833 suicides in Scotland in 2019, which is 49 more than the year before. 

This work is desperately needed. This work saves lives. 

The Samaritans respond to 10,000 calls EVERY DAY and the line is free to call for support about anything. 

It is estimated that each call costs around £5. 

My amazing boyfriend, Jacob Portchmouth has raised over £1000 for the Samaritans charity. He will be taking part in an ironman (70.3 distance) and a marathon in August. A huge physical and mental challenge. 

A link to his blog here: https://jacobportchmouth.org/2021/06/28/planning-a-month-long-event-to-raise-money-for-charity/

He has asked his friends to help him by taking part in fitness challenges to raise more money for this very important charity.

I will be swimming 40,000 meters in August to fundraise further. 

As you all know, one of my favourite sports is swimming and the sport I participate in and train the most. I am dedicating my life to helping others within the field of nutrition, health and wellbeing and this includes mental wellness.

I believe that mental health, in many ways, is more important than physical health as we can be as healthy as possible (physically) and incredibly miserable at the same time. No one wants that.

Although the ideal is considered health and happiness, this is not always possible, especially in today’s society. I hope that I can make an impact in this area and make healthy living more accessible and prominent in modern society.

For now, I believe this is a great place to start.

If you would like to donate to this cause it would mean everything to me, Jacob, the Samaritans and the people this charity helps. 

Just a small donation of £5, or anything that can be spared could pay for one life-saving phone call. 

Thank you! 

I will be documenting my challenge on my instagram (mazzag57) and on here!

P.S Jacob has organised this whole event, including an ironman, the organisation of raising money, involving other people, managing them and a film creation on the whole event with his friend, Thomas.

Jacob, you truly are the most wonderful, selfless human being. 

LINK TO DONATEhttps://gofund.me/f459b777

I NEED YOUR HELP!

Health is highly subjective and everyone has different beliefs on what health means to them due to many factors such as family, friends, culture, environment, social media, age, socioeconomic status and much more.

I find this topic fascinating and would love to hear about your meaning of health. I am hoping to compile them and make something wonderful for the blog and podcast!

Let me know a few things:

  1. Your name.
  2. Where you are from.
  3. Your age.
  4. Your meaning of health (as short or as long as you want).

Comment below your answers or email me at gardnermairi12345@gmail.com

I believe health to be widely complicated and individual. I view health as a tool we can use to live our lives to the fullest, giving our bodies and minds what they need to thrive, so we can thrive too. Health to me, is happiness, enjoyment, fulfilment, nourishment. Health to me is self-love and care. It is looking after the most important thing, yourself.

Tell me yours!

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As always, THANK YOU!

Mairi x

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