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I am in Gloucestershire

If you or someone you know needs help in a mental health crisis, call our crisis teams.

Call 0800 169 0398.

And choose one of the following options depending on your location:

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If you are in Herefordshire and need support, please call us using one of the following numbers:

  • Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm, please contact the team or service who currently provide your care.
  • Monday to Friday, 5pm – 9am and 24 hours on weekends and bank holidays, please call our Mental Health Matters Helpline on: 0800 015 7271

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Are you feeling vulnerable? Do you need to talk to somebody now?

samaritans

Call free on 116 123
If you are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide, you can call the Samaritans.

Stay Alive App

A pocket suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide. The app can be accessed through the Apple Store, Google Play and downloaded as a pdf.

childline

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If you are a child or a young person you may want to speak to Childline.

selfharm

Call 0808 816 0606
Or text 07537 410 022
A safe, supportive, non-judgmental and informative service for people who self harm, their friends, families and carers.
Opem every day 5pm – 10pm for phone and text support.

Among the hundreds of thousands of runners jostling at the starting line of the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 28 April this year will be Gloucestershire Care Services’ very own Sara Force.

Specialist Nurse for Safeguarding Children, Sara will be running the 26.2-mile route in aid of Maggie’s, Cheltenham – incidentally, the Trust’s chosen Charity of the Year for 2019.

Maggie’s holds a very special place in Sara’s heart. The centre, in College Baths Road, Cheltenham, which offers free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer, their families and friends, proved an “oasis” for Sara and her husband Steve following the devastating news in December 2015 that he had terminal bowel cancer.

“Maggie’s and the wonderful staff and volunteers who worked there became our lifeline over the coming months,” says Sara.

“Every gruelling chemo was softened by a cup of tea and some kind words at Maggie’s. They were always there for both of us in our darkest days. When hope ran out, they gave us space to cry and the wonderful counsellor helped Steve to prepare his goodbyes by writing letters to our sons James and Matt.

“This is why I am running the London Marathon for Maggie’s. I could have chosen a charity with a less ambitious fundraising target, but Maggie’s is a place I would want everyone to have access to if ever they were in this situation.”

Sara has hosted a number of events to help raise money for the Cheltenham charity, including a cake sale at Kingsway Parkrun, a ‘Paint Your Own Pottery’ session at Dixie Dot Crafts and an autumn fayre at Gloucester Farmers Club. These events, coupled with pledges received via Sara’s Virgin Money Giving page, have realised an incredible £3,508.24 to date – £3,810.49 with Gift Aid.

Sara runs with Angels Running Club – the only affiliated female running club in Gloucester.  “They have been a huge support to me over the past few years,” she says.

“I am also a member of Widowed and Young (WAY), which supports people who are widowed under the age of 50. We have set up an informal running group and regularly do parkrun together – a fellow member of WAY is also running the London Marathon this year.”

Sara, who has been running for about 17 years, has lost count of the number of running events she has taken part in. “There are too many to remember really,” she laughs. “The highlights though have to be the Edinburgh Marathon, which I ran in 2009, and a 1,000 mile challenge in which I participated in 2015 – the year before Steve became ill – for which I ran 1,000 miles in a year. That year I ran three half marathons – Forest of Dean, Tewkesbury and Stroud.

“In 2016, when Steve was ill, I ran the Race for Life with a group of Steve’s colleagues from GRH (he was a nurse in Recovery). The team was called Steve’s Angels (see picture below).”

Steves Angels

Sara has embarked on a strict 16-week training regime in preparation for the London Marathon. “I run four times a week, with a long run on Sundays,” she says.

“I’m currently up to 11 miles on the long run. Over the next few weeks I will be doing longer runs of 12 miles, 14 miles and 16 miles; then I’m taking part in the Bath Half Marathon on 17 March. Two weeks after that I will be doing a 20-mile preparation race.

“I also do strength training twice a week and yoga once a week.”

To read Sarah’s story, or make an online donation via her Virgin Money Giving page, click here.

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