Wheelchair push to raise much-needed funds for Aware

Simon Malley has launched a fundraiser for the Diocesan project, Mind Yourself, in aid of Aware. Here, explains the story behind the challenge.

“After spending the last year in lockdown with the COVID-19 pandemic and being restricted to a 5km radius, I thought to myself: how many kilometres I could do in a month without leaving my 5km restriction?

I have set myself a goal of 200km between 9 April and 30 June with all proceeds going towards the great work Aware is doing, especially during this time. I don’t think there is anybody who has not been affected by what is happing at the moment.

On a very personal level, it has affected me. I am now in a much better place in my life and I am very grateful to my family and friends during this last year, who were there to support me along my Journey. The next chapter of my life is just beginning. KEEP SMILING Simon.

I need to explain why I end most of my messages text and emails with KEEP SMILING. It’s because one of my favourite songs is That’s What Friends Are For by Dionne Warwick and Friends. It is a song that has inspired me along my journey in life through the good and the not-so-good times, along with Something Inside So Strong by Labie Sifrie.

For those who know me, music plays a big part in my daily life. It will be my companion on my daily push. Thank you all for your support to me over my life this far.”

To donate to Simon’s wheelchair push challenge, click here to visit his JustGiving page.

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