The 5km ‘Keep It Together’ (KIT) Challenge

During these times of social distancing, it is vital we find ways to keep connected and maintain our mental and physical wellbeing. 5km was Joseph’s favourite distance to run, so we are inviting you to join the 5km KIT challenge. Take part between April 1 and June 30, and see how much you can improve during that time. Recommended ways to complete the challenge include walking or running, but feel free to choose any other way. Prizes will be given to the top three people who make the biggest time gains. Bonus points for fancy dress. All details on the Beer Harris Memorial Trust Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/beerharrismemorialtrust/

Realities of Fundraising

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Winston Churchill

The Beer Harris Memorial Trust, was originally set up as the Dominic Beer Memorial Trust in honour of Dr Dominic Beer, after his death from cancer in 2013. Dominic was a consultant psychiatrist specialising in severe mental illness and the founder of the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (NAPICU). As well as being an expert in challenging behaviour he was a cricketer, historian, artist and family man. Joseph Harris, his nephew was a founder Trustee and one of the first people to raise funds for the Trust.

Tragically Joseph died in 2017, aged 21, whilst volunteering in South Africa. In order to recognise his commitment to the charity and to the mental well-being of many in his social sphere, the Trust was extended to include his name, and is now known as the Beer Harris Memorial Trust.

Since Joseph’s death, the Trust has raised nearly £70,000 and plans are to continue in 2020 with a range of events including Stratford marathon on April 26; South Worcester Clay Shoot on May 9, Cricket and Cream teas on June 13; a 10 mile Tough Mudder on June 14 and an Ironman on July 27. There be concerts, pub quizzes and a sports celebrity event to follow.

In up and coming posts, I will be talking more about these events, and how you can support us. I will talk about my own long distance training journey and what it’s like to live without Joseph.