Running to support the UK's Adopters

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Running to support the UK's Adopters

I was lucky enough to get a place at the London Marathon through the ballot and hadn't intended to do any charity fund-raising. I don't feel comfortable asking people for money, especially considering I love running and don't need any extra incentive to complete the marathon.

However, due to some major life changing decisions, I've now decided to fund-raise for Adoption UK. After a journey over many years, my wife and I decided to start a family together through adoption.

At the time of writing, we are currently going through the approval process. Approval is not an easy task, with many hours spent filling in forms, attending courses, reading books and watching documentaries, but it’s been an incredible journey. We really feel well prepared and ready to take on an adopted child.

After hearing so many other people's experiences of adoption it is clear to me the great benefit of having post-adoption support. In a lot of cases, these children have suffered traumatic lives before adoption and difficulties adopters face in caring for these children can mean seeking help.

I therefore felt fund-raising for Adoption UK would enable me to give something back to one organisation. Adoption UK supports many adopters through peer to peer support (online information, forums, helpline), influencing decision makers for policy changes and providing training and publications that set out to inform adopters, carers and professionals alike of the neurological and psychological effects of early childhood trauma and attachment difficulties. Adoption UK helps parents and carers to transform the lives of children, so that they can better overcome and come to terms with what has happened in their lives.

A £10 donation would cover a call to the Adoption UK helpline or print 280 information leaflets. £255 would keep the online forums open for a week.

Fingers crossed I can make it to the start line uninjured!

I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.

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Pre and Post Marathon Reports

Marathon training has gone very smoothly. I've been following a prewritten plan which has had me running just over 40 miles per week for the last 2 hard weeks of the plan. I thought I'd struggle with trying to fit training in around being a parent, but ...

Move in day!

Check out my fundraising page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Nicks_AdoptionUK_Fundraiser   I thought I’d start with running because it seems insignificant to our adoption journey. Training is going really well so far. I’ve managed to fit my training i...

Panel Day!

Check out my fundraising page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Nicks_AdoptionUK_Fundraiser   So we passed panel! The meeting covered approval as us for adopters and for matching. Are social worker had done a great job on our PAR (Prospective Adopters Re...

Preparations!

Check out my fundraising page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Nicks_AdoptionUK_Fundraiser   We met the foster carers for the child we are being matched with 2 weeks ago. It feels ages ago, because since then we have busily getting ready for our new arr...

Parkruns & Matching

Check out my fundraising page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Nicks_AdoptionUK_Fundraiser Wow things have gone crazy since I wrote the previous post. We were waiting to hear if our social worker and the child’s social worker thought it was a match. We ...

Journey to Adoption

Check out my fundraising page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Nicks_AdoptionUK_Fundraiser   My wife and I found out it was going to be difficult to conceive naturally a number of years ago. We decided IVF wasn't for us and had a go just accepting we we...