Charity Curry Night Raises nearly £600

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We are pleased to announce that our charity curry night at Uraswamys Indian restaurant in Hornchurch raised almost £600 for our  'Charity of the Year' Tapestry .   Staff, business clients, friends and families met up at the restaurant for a welcome drink before listening to a short speech from Catherine Loadman , Partn...
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Join us for a Tandoori for Tapestry

Join us for a Tandoori for Tapestry
Join us for a tandoori, tikka (or any other curry you like) at our latest fundraising event for our charity of the year, Tapestry on Thursday 8 November at Uraswamys Indian restaurant in Hornchurch. We will be welcoming guests from 6.30pm with a drink followed by a delicious two course meal before you can try your luck at some dinner party gam...
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We raise over £1,000 for Saint Francis Hospice

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Pinney Talfourd were pleased to participate once again in 'Make a Will Fortnight' in aid of Saint Francis Hospice. ​ The pro bono charitable scheme ran during June with the Private Client team donating their time free of charge to write Wills for clients who in return made a charitable donation to the Hospice. Donations came in over the summer and&...
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Pinney Pacers Complete 9-Mile Walk for Tapestry

Pinney Pacers Complete 9-Mile Walk for Tapestry
The sun was shining for the inaugural Three Pinney Office Walk Challenge in support of our Charity of the Year, Tapestry. Eleven members of the team, all in high spirits and ready for the challenge, set off from our Brentwood office on Ongar Road just after 9am on Saturday 15th September 2018. The walk to Upminster was on mixed terrain, crossing br...
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Pinney Talfourd walk the ‘Three Pinney Office Challenge’ for Tapestry

Pinney Talfourd walk the ‘Three Pinney Office Challenge’ for Tapestry
Team members of Pinney Talfourd will soon be completing a 'fun walk' between our three offices for our Charity of the Year, Tapestry on Saturday 15 September. The route will take our colleagues, including Partner Catherine Loadman and Residential Property Associate Lexie Jacobs , from our Brentwood office on Ongar Road all the way to our office nea...
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Catherine Rides 100 Miles for Charity of the Year, Tapestry

Catherine Rides 100 Miles for Charity of the Year, Tapestry
Catherine Loadman, a Partner at Pinney Talfourd, has signed up to Prudential RideLondon and is currently in training to ride 100 miles through London and the Surrey countryside to raise money for our Charity of the Year 2018, Tapestry.  Prudential RideLondon is the world's greatest festival of cycling. In it's sixth year now, it will...
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Tapestry is Our New Charity of the Year 2018

Tapestry is Our New Charity of the Year 2018
We are delighted to announce that Hornchurch based charity, Tapestry, will be Pinney Talfourd's charity of the year for 2018/19. Tapestry is based in Havering and supports adults in leading a positive, fulfilling life with a particular focus on people living with dementia. After raising over £11,000 last year for SNAP, the Brentwood based charity f...
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Over £11,000 raised by Pinney Talfourd for SNAP!

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We are delighted to announce that we have raised over £11,200 in total for our Charity of the Year 2017, SNAP (Special Needs and Parents).

In 2017, we chose local charity SNAP, who work tirelessly in the community to help 0-25 years olds with special needs and their parents in a variety of ways, providing a respite lifeline for many of these families.

Our fundraising efforts

The firm’s fundraising plans for the year were a mixture of internal events, running challenges and slightly more out of the box activities. Our monthly dress down days in the office managed to raise £600, and this figure was matched by our client satisfaction questionnaires, which sees the firm donate £1 for every completed form we receive back from our clients.

Pinney Pacers Alex Pearce, Stephen Eccles, Lexie Jacobs, Keeley Miller and Suzanne Figgins took on the challenge of various running events throughout the year, including the Brighton Marathon. Their spirited efforts managed to raise an incredible £1,100 for SNAP.

October saw our most challenging task to date, when solicitors Sue Nash, Catherine Loadman and Lucy Birch undertook a 24-hour Danceathon in our Upminster office, which was also streamed live on Facebook. The entire local community and our corporate sponsors rallied around them and their endeavours managed to raise over £5,000.

Christmas is always a charitable time of year and our annual ‘Christmas at the Queens’ event raised over £2,700, with 50% going to SNAP (the remaining 50% is donated to Queens Theatre Hornchurch).

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Pinney Pacers Run Race4Business

Pinney Pacers Run Race4Business
The Pinney Pacers swapped their office attire for running gear to take part in Race4Business in support of our charity of the year, SNAP.

On Thursday 15th June 2017, four of our colleagues joined 800 other runners to take part in the SNAP charity event Race4Business. The 3.5-mile course took the team through the crowded streets of Chelmsford, past the Essex County Cricket Ground and into the picturesque scenes of Admirals Park and Tower Gardens on what was an extremely warm and pleasant evening.

 

 

 

 

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Pinney Pacers Dust Off Their Running Shoes

Pinney Pacers Dust Off Their Running Shoes
The Pinney Pacers are back in their running gear and in the throes of training in preparation for their next running event, all in support of our charity of the year, SNAP.

Their next charity run will be Race4Business, taking place on Thursday 15th June. The mainly flat 3.5-mile run will take the Pacers through Chelmsford city centre on their latest mission to raise money for our charity of the year, SNAP.

Three new members of Pinney Talfourd’s running club will be joining running maestro and Employment Solicitor Alex PearceEmma Withrington, Solicitor in our Land Development department, Claire Buttress, Senior Associate in our Elderly Client Services department and Rosie Hadley, Team Assistant in our Litigation department.

The Pinney Pacers’ efforts will help SNAP with its vital work to strengthen families across Essex by providing specialist training talks and activity sessions for those with children aged 0-25 with special needs.

If you wish to sponsor the team in their latest efforts, please visit their JustGiving page and donate.

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Pinney Talfourd's Charity Of The Year 2017

Pinney Talfourd's Charity Of The Year 2017
We are delighted to announce that our new Charity of the Year for 2017 is Brentwood-based SNAP (Special Educational Needs and Parents).

Every May the firm consults with our staff to decide on a charity to support for the financial year ahead. In 2016 the firm supported MNDA (South Essex), raising nearly £9,000. SNAP was a close second in the suggestion poll and we have continued to work alongside them in the last year, finding out about the good work they do. They were, therefore, an easy choice for this year’s fundraising efforts. 

SNAP

SNAP was founded in 1994 and helps families and their children aged 0-25 years with special needs and disabilities throughout Essex.

The children and young people have a wide range of disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, sensory impairments, speech and language difficulties and learning disabilities.  SNAP’s aims are to inform, encourage and support parents so that they can grow in strength and knowledge and become better equipped to give the best possible help to their children.

Throughout the year more than 500 children and young people regularly use The SNAP Centre to take part in therapies, play sessions and clubs and over 600 parents and carers receive hands-on help at the centre. In total over 1,800 families across Essex benefit from the information and advice services, delivered by the team of friendly staff and 100 dedicated volunteers.

This year they must raise in the region of £250,000 from donations and fundraising in order to provide the level of service needed.

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Over £8,800 Raised For Our Charity Of The Year

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We are delighted to announce that we have raised over £8,800 in total for our Charity of the Year, Motor Neurone Disease Association (South Essex branch).

In 2016 we chose a charity very close to one of our own staff member's heart. Sue Nash is a family lawyer here at the firm and also the Chair of Motor Neurone Disease Association (South Essex Branch). She works tirelessly to raise funds for those affected by this terrible disease. Her colleagues have seen her dedication over the years and were inspired to help transform sufferers’ lives with a number of fundraising activities.

Our fundraising efforts

The fundraising had a healthy start in May when a number of staff members participated in the Walk to D’Feet event from Leigh-on-Sea to Southend, raising £429. Sue’s colleague, Catherine Loadman then raised the bar further with a bike ride from London to Surrey in July, with donations of over £600.

October saw Kim Huggins swim 22 miles in 22 days to raise £334, with 50% of her donations going to the pot. Our sporty bunch decided to push themselves again and enter the Brentwood Half Marathon in March. This had an amazing response and raised almost £3,000.

Christmas is always a charitable time of year and our annual ‘Christmas at the Queens’ event raised over £2,000 for charity, with 50% going to MNDA (the remaining 50% is donated to Queens Theatre Hornchurch). A charity casino night was the final big event on the calendar and guests gave generously to raise over £1,000.

In addition to these major events throughout the year, the firm has held dress-down days, bake sales and quiz nights. Every completed client satisfaction questionnaire raises another £1 for the charity.

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Pinney Pacers – Marathon Mission Accomplished

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The Pinney Pacers have successfully completed the Brentwood Half Marathon in support of the South Essex branch of Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The run took place on Sunday 19th March, with the race starting at Becket Keys Church of England School in Sawyer Lane. The total route weaved through villages including Hook End, Shenfield and Doddinghurst. Even with blustery conditions on the day, the entire team managed to complete the course, with a number of members also smashing personal best times along the way.

The Pinney Pacers came in 7th out of a total of 36 teams – their personal chip times were as follows:

Nicholas Conway1:43:24
Stephen Eccles1:55:38
Alexander Pearce1:57:45
Keeley Miller2:00:36
Lee Kirby2:01:27
Lexie Jacobs2:27:18


Their fundraising target of £1,000 for our Charity of the Year, MNDA was also smashed, with £1,413 plus £284.50 in gift aid raised on their JustGiving page, and a single donation of £1,000 was also received from an extremely generous client, also with gift aid. These fantastic contributions brought their total fundraising efforts for the marathon to £2,947.50.

MND affects around 5,000 people in the UK at any one time, and there is no known cure. Degeneration of the motor neurones leads to wasting and weakness of the muscles, causing increasing loss of mobility and difficulties with speech, swallowing and breathing.

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Pinney Pacers Update

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Pinney Pacers are now 2 weeks into their 8-week training schedule for the Brentwood Half Marathon, which they are running in support of Motor Neurone Disease Association.

This weekend saw some of the team participate in a 10k race at the Queen Elizabeth Park in Stratford as part of their preparation, and their next planned session together is a more arduous 16k run on the first weekend in March.

The Pinney Pacers are already raising funds for the MNDA, with a current running total of £295 – their aspiration is to raise £1,000 for the charity of the year, who fund care, campaigning and research to achieve a world free from Motor Neurone Disease. MND is the name given to a group of diseases affecting the motor neurones (nerve cells) in the brain and spinal cord. As the motor neurones gradually die, the muscles stop working.

MND affects around 5,000 people in the UK at any one time, and there is no known cure. Degeneration of the motor neurones leads to wasting and weakness of the muscles, causing increasing loss of mobility and difficulties with speech, swallowing and breathing.



If you wish to sponsor the Pinney Pacers, please visit their JustGiving page:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/PinneyPacers

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Pinney Pacers limber up for Brentwood Half Marathon

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Today marks the beginning of a strict training schedule for some of the Pinney Talfourd team, who are preparing to run the Brentwood Half Marathon.

The run, taking place on Sunday 19th March will be a first for some of our solicitors, such as Alex Pearce, whereas for the likes of partner Stephen Eccles (who is an avid marathon runner), it should be a walk in the park. Overall, 6 members of Pinney Talfourd have decided to take part in the event, with money raised going towards our charity of the year, Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The full line-up is as follows:

Stephen Eccles

Nicholas Conway

Alex Pearce

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Kim is swimming for charity

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'22 mile swim in 22 days' was the challenge Kim Huggins set for herself, all in the name of charity.

Kim Huggins created her own charity event to raise money for Pinney Talfourd's Charity of the Year MNDA (South Essex Branch) along with Bloodwise (a blood cancer charity – formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research).

The challenge commenced mid August at her local Nuffield Health Gym. Her son, Ciaran, agreed to join her in the challenge. He already swims competitively for Chelmsford City Swimming Club, so she already knew he would have the stamina to complete the challenge – it was Kim that we were concerned about!

The first few days of 117 lengths per day were tiring and a few toe cramps resulted in a few unplanned interludes, however they persevered and it became a little easier day by day.

Due to illness and injury the swim did not go as smoothly as anticipated. A change of tactic meant that the swim was spaced over a longer period rather than the initial plan to swim on 22 consecutive days.

The lifeguards and staff were very accommodating and supportive and there was even interest and sponsorship from some of the members, which was wonderful.

Two weeks in and to add a bit of variety to the swim they headed for the Olympic Pool, Stratford. Swimming in the shadows of greatness, Ciaran tuned into his inner Phelps and Kim into her inner Addlington. Hours were spent pounding up and down, and despite being a lengthy 50 metre pool, it was actually quite comfortable.

Returning to the normal (much smaller) pool after this seemed like a luxury but a few sessions of 300 lengths at a time soon shocked their bodies back in to reality. Being spurred on by the encroaching car parking time expiry, they pushed through and got the job done, with legs like jelly as their prize.

Finishing the last of the lengths in early October was a significant moment and one which Kim is exceptionally proud of. The constant waft of chlorine and straw like hair, the wrinkled skin and toe cramps and ravenous hunger that swimming creates, was completely worth it.
Would she have managed on my own? "I doubt it. Having my son by my side, lapping me with ease, kept me going. 'come on mum, its for a good cause' was all I needed to hear to keep focused and get the job done." Kim said.

Funds raised so far

Kim has raised funds both online and by personal collection, with the £100 target for each charity being met. Kim & Ciaran would like to thank everyone who has sponsored her to help raise vital funds for MNDA (South Essex Branch) to help them continue with the amazing work that they do to support sufferers of this terrible disease and to help Bloodwise, a charity that is very personal to her and her family.

Donations

There is still time to donate;
Support MNDA at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Kim-Huggins2

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Support Bloodwise at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Kim-Huggins3

If you would like to find out more about Kim Huggins and her charity work please call 01277 246836 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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Sebastian Burrows cycles London - Paris for MNDA

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Sebastian Burrows will be taking part in the famous London to Paris bike ride, in aid of our charity of the year MNDA (South Essex Branch)

Sebastian is a Senior Associate Solicitor in the firm's Family Law Department. Although Sebastian is a keen cyclist already, this event will see him training like never before for the 4 day, 300 mile ride, that leaves Crystal Palace on 19 April 2017 and arrives at the Arc de Triomphe on 22 April.

Sebastian will be focusing on day one in particular which will take the Peloton from Crystal Palace to Calais, a distance of 100 miles. In competitive style he will be trying to ensure he arrives at Dover first to board the ferry. The ultimate aim of the event is to raise at least £1,500 for MNDA. Sebastian and the firm hope very much that the target can be smashed in support of this worthy cause.

Sir Bradley Wiggins has kicked off his fundraising and if you would like to contribute too please visit Sebastian’s Just Giving page. All donations no matter how small WILL make a difference. 

Donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Sebastian-Burrows-L2P

What is MND?

Motor Neurone Disease is terminal and there is currently no treatment or cure. Average length from diagnosis to death is 18 months. In that 18 months the person with MND will lose their ability to speak. Then the muscles die – all of them. This leaves the sufferer unable to walk, talk, move, blink, go to the toilet or swallow. They have to be fed through a peg fitted into their stomach.

What it doesn’t affect is the brain – that still functions normally so you end up with a person trapped inside a body that in effect has already died.

MNDA South Essex Branch

The South Essex branch comprises of five people, all volunteers. They work extremely hard to raise funds and awareness for the disease.

They spend money on lots of different things such as;
  • Converting a bathroom to a wet room
  • Conversions and adaptations to house so people can remain at home
  • Small disability devices and ramps for wheelchairs
  • Stair lifts
  • Communication aids
  • Respite care
  • Travel to hospital appointments

They also arrange social events for those with MND and their carers to meet up and provide support to eachother.

The local website is www.mndsouthessex.org/

Contact sebastian

If you would like to find out more about this event or speak to Sebastian about his challenge please contact 01708 463211.
 
 
 
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Catherine completes 100 mile cycle for charity

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Partner Catherine Loadman completed the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on 31 July - a 100 mile bike ride in aid of MNDA (South Essex Branch). 
Catherine Loadman took part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on 31 July 2016 and raised over £620 for Pinney Talfourd's Charity of the Year MNDA (South Essex Branch).
 
It was an early (and chilly) start from the Olympic Stadium at Stratford but the sun soon came out as Catherine rode through London and then on to the Surrey hills.

There were a few hold ups due to accidents which meant that Catherine's anticipated finish time of 3.30pm became 5.30pm... At one point Catherine was held up for an hour and a half after which her legs were not too pleased about having to get back on her bike and start pedaling!

She recalls that the famous Box Hill was probably the biggest challenge with it's hairpin bends winding up and up but she made it without having to dismount, albeit very slowly!

Catherine said "This was a huge challenge and I am very proud of this achievement." She added that the best thing about the day was the atmosphere and the crowds cheering the riders on all along the course which really helped, particularly when she was getting close to the finish and had to go up the final hill in Wimbledon before the ride back through central London to the finish line on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.

Funds raised so far

Catherine has beaten her target and so far raised over £622 (including Gift Aid) with more donations still coming in and would like to thank everyone who has sponsored her to help raise vital funds for MNDA (South Essex Branch) to help them continue with the amazing work that they do to support sufferers of this terrible disease.

Still time to donate

Catherine is a Partner at the Firm and a member of our Family Law Department. You still have time to donate at Virginmoneygiving.com/CatherineLoadmanContact Catherine on 01277 249383 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to find out more. 
 

What is MND?

Motor Neurone Disease is terminal and there is currently no treatment or cure. No one knows how or why people get it. Average length from diagnosis to death is 18 months.

In that 18 months the person with MND will lose their ability to speak – this is often the first thing to go. Then the muscles die – all of them. This leave the sufferer unable to walk, talk, move, blink, go to the toilet or swallow. They have to be fed through a peg fitted into their stomach.

What it doesn’t affect is the brain – that still functions normally so you end up with a person trapped inside a body that in effect has already died. It affects all ages. For some reason it only seems to affect people who are active, couch potatoes don’t get this disease.

MNDA South Essex Branch

The South Essex branch comprises of five people, all volunteers. They work extremely hard to raise funds and awareness for the disease.

They spend money on lots of different things such as;
  • Converting a bathroom to a wet room
  • Conversions and adaptations to house so people can remain at home
  • Small disability devices and ramps for wheelchairs
  • Stair lifts

In addition to this, they purchase iPads and boogie boards as these are essential communication aids when the voice goes. They might buy new bedding for someone who has a single hospital bed delivered. They pay for respite care and might fund private travel for hospital appointments in London.

They also do fun things – last year they had a summer lunch at Wat Tyler Country park for people with MND and the health care professionals – the consultants and nurses took a day off work to come and meet with their patients in an informal setting. At Christmas they went to the panto and had a Christmas lunch.

They have social meetings for those with MND and their carers to meet up have a coffee and cake and have a chat.

In short they do whatever is needed to ease and assist those with MND and their carers.

The local website is www.mndsouthessex.org/

 

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Catherine Loadman cycles for charity

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Catherine Loadman takes part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on 31 July - a 100 mile bike ride in aid of MNDA (South Essex Branch). 
Catherine is a Partner at the Firm and a member of our Family Law Department. She is raising money for MNDA (South Essex Branch) which is Pinney Talfourd's Charity of the Year.

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 celebrates the legacy for cycling created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside.

With leg-testing climbs and a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics, it finishes on The Mall in central London, shortly before 150 professional cyclists race in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on a similar route.

Catherine has been in training and hopes to raise £500 by completing the course - although she keeps warning us all that she is not a natural cyclist at all and has never done anything like this before!

If you would like to sponsor Catherine in this mammoth task – you can read her story and donate at Virginmoneygiving.com/CatherineLoadman

What is MND?

Motor Neurone Disease is a truly evil illness. It is terminal and there is currently no treatment or cure. No one knows how or why people get it. Average length from diagnosis to death is 18 months.

In that 18 months the person with MND will lose their ability to speak – this is often the first thing to go. Then the muscles die – all of them. This leave the sufferer unable to walk, talk, move, blink, go to the toilet or swallow. They have to be fed through a peg fitted into their stomach.

What it doesn’t affect is the brain – that still functions normally so you end up with a person trapped inside a body that in effect has already died. It affects all ages. For some reason it only seems to affect people who are active, couch potatoes don’t get this disease.

MNDA South Essex Branch

The South Essex branch comprises of five people, all volunteers. They work extremely hard to raise funds and awareness for the disease.

They spend money on lots of different things such as;
  • Converting a bathroom to a wet room
  • Conversions and adaptations to house so people can remain at home
  • Small disability devices and ramps for wheelchairs
  • Stair lifts

In addition to this, they purchase iPads and boogie boards as these are essential communication aids when the voice goes. They might buy new bedding for someone who has a single hospital bed delivered. They pay for respite care and might fund private travel for hospital appointments in London.

They also do fun things – last year they had a summer lunch at Wat Tyler Country park for people with MND and the health care professionals – the consultants and nurses took a day off work to come and meet with their patients in an informal setting. At Christmas they went to the panto and had a Christmas lunch.

They have social meetings for those with MND and their carers to meet up have a coffee and cake and have a chat.

In short they do whatever is needed to ease and assist those with MND and their carers.

The local website is www.mndsouthessex.org/

Contact Catherine

If you would like to find out more about this event or speak to Catherine about her challenge please contact her on 01277 249383.

 

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Keeley Miller runs her first ever Charity Race

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On Sunday 17th July, Keeley Miller will be taking part in her first ever race for charity - Great Newham 10K Run
On Sunday 17 July, I will be taking part in my first ever race for charity. I have never been particularly athletic, always too busy with work and family to make time for exercise but I have discovered during my training for this race that running actually improves my work and home life.

I have been running in local streets and parks and by being outdoors I have found that these training sessions help to clear my head after my day at the office allowing me to focus on my family when I am at home in the evening.

Research shows that running generates new brain cells and a good run enhances sensory perception and increased attention span. Running in a natural environment increased these rewards with improved ability to concentrate, lowering blood pressure and reducing stress.

Although my body is taking longer than my brain to adapt to this new regime, I would highly recommend running as a brilliant form of stress relief; no costly gym membership required or any fancy equipment and no booking necessary! I believe that I will continue to run for my own wellbeing after I have completed this challenge, which is still quite daunting, I have run a 10k in training now and it wasn’t easy but I did feel a sense of achievement at the end.


If you would like to sponsor me in this event I am raising funds for Alzheimer’s Society – you can read my story at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Keeley-Miller


If you would like to find out more about this event or Pinney Talfourd’s services please contact 01708 229444.

 

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