Post Run Blog

June 17th…my HNT run of 65 miles completed in 12 hours on what was the hottest day this year it seemed.

BUT, accompanied by son George for nearly 50 of the miles, it was great fun! No issues with my neck, hips or knees which was a blessing…and not an ache afterwards remarkably! The only problems was that I had eaten something the evening before that certainly did not agree with me and so frequent stops in villages with pubs and toilets was a must!!

Everyone we met on the run was so kind…donations received and leaflets taken. At 3.15 I ran into the Sherborne Summer Festival DSCF2529to a huge welcome from everyone there. Photographs will be posted later in the week,  but THANK YOU to the Festival Team who really have been wonderful  at promoting HNT.

As I have always said, the runs during the last 3 years since I founded HNT have merely been a way to get the HNT logo seen all over the county and beyond. This in turn has meant that people from all walks of life have engaged with HNT and what it is all about….SUPPORTING SEN children and their families!

During the festival I met MANY individuals, organisations and school children all of whom were wanting to support HNT in the future…just amazing! The diary is now getting full with appointments for meetings and for me to do talks…do get in touch if you are interested.

Until September 30th I will not know how much HNT has raised as Somerset Community Foundation handle all the finances and also get some of the money match funded! In the meantime, the aim is to link up with schools, families and other organistions so that we can work together to improve things for SEN children.

Networking is key to ensuring SEN children get what they need…so please help me by supporting HNT. Why not do some fundraising yourselves, help me at events or donate. Raffle prizes are always wanted and of course you can still sponsor this years run.

The diary on the website will fill up quickly again as events are finalised so do keep a look out and join in the fun!

The Tales of Y are nearly complete…anyone know a good publisher?? PLEASE tell them about me and let us get this book rolling…into schools with £ going to HNT and also to the Arts Dept of Preston School where 2 lovely girls are doing the illustrations.

Training resumes in 2 days with an assessment by Simon Partridge my PT at SPFit- Sherborne tomorrow.

BUT…very excitingly…I am about to meet a lady who set up an Opportunity Group in an adjacent county! This is networking at its best…bumping into incredible people who will help me drive HNT forwards!

So…I must fly! Pete is going to be busy doing all the IT for HNT in the next week or so, and people must NOT forget that he is the hard worker behind the scenes…the running and organising of events is the easy bit!





Run Day Tomorrow!

Well…this is IT! The night before my 65 mile run for HNT! Mixture of nerves and excitement, adrenalin rush and tiredness!

Looking back I don’t think that I could have trained any harder. MUCH thanks must go to my superb Personal Trainer Simon Partridge of spfit Sherborne who has been able to motivate me to keep up the pace even through the darkest moments when injury and illness have interceded.

So, tomorrow I don the HNT T-shirt and start my challenge at 2.15AM! The warm up will have to be on my beast of a bike at home followed by lots of stretching, waiting for the light to be safe enough to hit the road. The run route is set, tracker checked, and blister plasters at the ready.

But actually, the run is NOT about me and how far I can run this time! It is merely a way of getting the HNT LOGO out there for a third year and to get people interested in what it is all about!

The most important aspect…flagging up the needs of the SEN children and their families, finding ways to support these needs, asking local councillors and politicians questions about educational policies and procedures, and working out ways to ensure less effective educational plans are tweaked so that EVERY SEN child can reach their full potential.

My neck [which was fractured in 2015] and my sudden diagnosis of bilateral hip dysplasia [undiagnosed at childhood!] means I cannot do another run next year…BUT there is a further physical challenge in place already so watch the website! And of course I will continue to fundraise for at least another year…with YOUR help!

The final 2 chapters of The Tales of Y will be published in the next 2 weeks, and then I am looking for a publisher once Preston School Art Department have completed the illustrations…so anyone out there?

So, until tomorrow when I hope to see many of you at The Sherborne Summer Festival! Come and cheer me in, come and chat to me at The HNT Stand, have a go on the HNT Tombola, and put your name down to get more involved in the following year! The more people I can get on board supporting, the more funds go DIRECTLY to the children that desperately need the help and the groups that support them.

I am now off to eat and sleep…and if you are reading this, think about donating through the Just Giving Page or sponsoring the run…there is still time!                               Go to Hidden Needs Trust for donation, sponsor details and about what HNT is about.

Many thanks,sen friendth1RNU1A27


Busy Weeks Ahead!

A very busy couple of weeks ahead for HNT!

Weekend Pop Up Shop in Cheap St, Sherborne 10th/11th – Raffle/Tombola plus more to help raise funds and awareness re SEN groups and children.  Plus information re HNT and how YOU can help raise much needed funds.

Sainsburys, Sherborne invited HNT to support their “Carers Week” on Thursday 15th Again lots of information available.

Then my Epic Run 17 on Saturday 17th. 65mls across Dorset finishing at the Sherborne Summer Festival ETA 3:15pm.  Lookout for the HNT stand at the Sherborne Summer Festival.  Midday – 10pm Entry Free

Visit Hidden Needs Trust for more information.