Louis Rummer-Downing is running the Stroud Trail Marathon for Gloucester and District Samaritans
Tuesday 24th April 2018
Louis Rummer-Downing is running Stroud Trail Marathon for Gloucester and District Samaritans, please read his story below and donate if you can.
I’m putting on my running shoes to raise money for the Gloucester and District Samaritans branch. Staffed by 100 volunteers, there’s a Samaritan at the end of the phone or on email 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year to listen to anyone who needs somebody to speak to. You can even see them in person. They make no judgement, take no fee, and never rush a conversation. They are there for you, when you need them, as many times as you need, but desperately need cash to keep this service running.
On the 13th May I’ll be running my first ever marathon - Stroud Trail Marathon. Described as “brutally painful, yet breathtakingly beautiful”, the route winds its way through the Stroud Valleys and Cotswold hills for more miles than I've ever run before. But just like life this run has a lot of ups and downs, 4279 ft of ups to be exact, or 22 1/2 times up Park Street, Bristol. For good measure, they’ve also bolted on another 1.5 miles onto the run taking it to 27.6 miles, so not matter what anyone says I’m actually running an ultra marathon.
At 302 miles and counting so far in 2018, my training is going really well, and I’m determined to succeed in this run whether I walk or crawl to the end. I’m not having a return of my failed “24 hour fast” fundraising attempt when my podgy Year 8 self broke at the offer of a battered Mars Bar - no, this time I’m for real.
So please dig deep for this good cause and look forward to seeing me on Monday 14th May staggering around with locked knees, feet full of blisters, all while wearing a massive smile.
It’s the kind donations of the public and supportive organisations that allow us to keep our branch open. In Gloucester, we are run entirely by our 120 volunteers, who in addition to listening on the phones, listening face to face in our branch and speaking to people by email and SMS, fund raise to meet the £30,000 cost to keep our branch open each year.
You will also see us in the community, giving talks, working with other agencies for example the Police, Network Rail, Schools, and other partnership organisations to raise awareness of our work, to raise money and to recruit new volunteers.
Samaritans are ordinary people from all walks of life who have chosen to devote part of their spare time to helping other people in distress. So many people have it in them to be a Samaritans volunteer. To touch another person’s life when it really matters, by helping them directly, or by keeping our branches running, is a rare gift. Anyone can contact Samaritans. Whatever you’re going through, call us for free any time from any phone on 116 123 (this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill), email firstname.lastname@example.org