Eric Raymond is a former US Army Soldier who has suffered symptoms of traumatic brain injury and is traveling to the UK to run the London Landmarks Half Marathon all the way from Las Vegas.
Fundraise for SameYou
Want to get involved and fundraise this July? Join our new fundraiser 33 for ABI in July!
We're asking you to fundraise for SameYou on the 33 for ABI in July challenge to support the 33% of people who are affected by brain injury in their lifetime.
Commit to either 33 minutes of activity each day or 33 things - your way every day throughout July. You can choose to do any activity you want - and it doesn't have to be the same each day.
Let's have some fun this July, raise awareness and funds for brain injury and stroke recovery.
Need some inspiration? 33 minutes a day challenge - are you a baker, crafty, or a runner? Whatever you love to do, take on our challenge to make a difference to SameYou and brain injury survivors. We will be sharing lots of ideas with you to help you along the way, but here are a few to get you started:
- Get active - set yourself a physical challenge to run/walk/cycle 33 minutes every day in July. Why not do it while wearing something orange for SameYou?
- Rehab goals - 33 minutes might be too long. What about 33 repetitions of a rehab exercise? Don't forget to speak to your physio first to make sure you don't overdo things.
- Get crafty - bake some SameYou inspired cakes, knit a jumper, or create some artwork every day.
- Get online - we've all become experts on video calls lately, so why not create a daily video to share a skill. Are you a Zumba, yoga, or fitness expert - share something online each day during July.
- Good deeds for donations - can you do a good deed for someone every day in July? Shopping for a neighbour, walking a dog, or just popping in for a cuppa and a chat with someone in need of some company.
- Get chatty - pledge to have 33 conversations about the effects of brain injury to help raise awareness!
There are lots of great tools to help you on your fundraising journey - people can pledge sponsor you per achievement or a total amount. If you enjoy listening to music whilst completing your activity, get friends to donate to add a song to your playlist!
Don't forget to share your photos on social, tag @sameyouorg, and use the hashtag #33ABIJuly. If you are doing physical activity, you can link your page to Strava so everyone can keep track of your progress.
We appreciate that for many of our fundraisers, these have been exceptionally difficult times and have been amazed by the support that we have received during the COVID-19 crisis, and wanted to say thank you to everyone that has fundraised and donated to SameYou.
Many traditional fundraising activities still have COVID safety restrictions in place, but we still need your help to improve brain injury recovery through ground-breaking research, specialist training and our work supporting new innovative services. During this pandemic, we’ve funded virtual rehabilitation clinics to provide support for brain injury survivors - with your help we can do even more. Before you start planning your fundraising, please make sure you can do it safely, including travel restrictions, social distancing, and hand washing.
Every pound, euro or dollar you raise helps us help the brain injury community.
We know that it will not be possible for all to give, but by organising fundraising events you can still help survivors of brain injury.
Want to set up your own fundraiser? Take a look at our handy fundraising guide for tips to get you started.
Got your own place in an upcoming event? Let us know. We'll send you a vest and fundraising pack. Or you can search Runner’s World and secure your own place in an event in the UK. Don’t forget to let us know that you’re joining #TeamSameYou!
We have now filled all of our places in the London Landmarks Half Marathon but watch this space for more events coming soon!
George Martin is 18 years old and our youngest London Landmarks Half Marathon runner. "It is a great achievement for me to be able to take part in the LLHM. I feel privileged that I am able to run for a charitable cause while achieving a personal goal."
Francesca Zampieri is fundraising for SameYou by running the London Landmarks Half Marathon. "I’m not running for myself, I’m running for every person who feels alone, lost. Everyone who thinks life it’s not worth it anymore, everyone who is struggling, who has been through a lot and doesn’t know how to get out of the black hole."