Peter Thompson – Livability Champion – Livability

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Peter Thompson
Livability Champion

Peter Thompson is a young man from Dorset with a passion for running and promoting awareness for mental health. A Livability champion, Pete has raised significant funds and support for the charity, through his running achievements.

Last year, he completed an epic adventure, running an incredible 44 marathons, in 44 European countries in 44 consecutive days. He’s a notable TEDx speaker and came runner up in the prestigious Pride of Britain award for ‘Fundraiser of the year 2017’ raising a staggering £20,000 for charity.

This year – he’s taking on a massive new challenge.

Read more about it and how you can support him.

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About Peter Thompson
About Peter Thompson

About Peter Thompson

Peter Thompson, is a keen runner and traveller, having completed marathons across the globe including in Berlin, Barcelona, Valencia, Paris, Amsterdam and London. In 2017 he added 44 more marathons to his belt, through his first Marathons for the Mind challenge.

Running has allowed me to travel the world, make some amazing friends and achieve things I never thought possible. Please click here if you'd like to sponsor Pete →
Marathons for the Mind - 2017
Marathons for the Mind - 2017

Marathons for the Mind - 2017

Under his self-set challenge 'Marathons for the Mind' Pete set off in an attempt to run a marathon in every country in Europe in consecutive days. A total of 44 marathons, in 44 countries, in 44 consecutive days. Starting in Moscow on the 1st April 2017, he concluded his run in Dublin - 44 days later.

As well as the physical demands on his body of running a marathon a day, Pete travelled solo for much of the challenge, balancing running with the daily struggle to maintain his complicated travel arrangements!

Once I'd come up with the idea of running across Europe I had to work out if it was actually possible! I used the Official United Nations Statistics to determine how many independent countries were actually in Europe, as there seems to be many differing opinions.

The route itself involved a mixture of trains, planes, buses, taxis, cars and ferries and spanned the entire continent of Europe. Those hours and hours spent planning paid off.

There were many variables that I couldn't control which had the potential to create problems along the way but, for me, overcoming these added to the challenge. It was both the hardest and most enjoyable thing I have ever done and I have so many people to thank for getting me to the finish line.

 

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The Tour de France run challenge - 2018
The Tour de France run challenge - 2018

Running the 2018 Tour de France in 70 Days

27,000 Meters of elevation
3329 km of running
70 days on the road
50 km a day
1 race to the finish line


Setting off 7 weeks before the riders on May 19th 2018 I will attempt to complete the 21 stages and over 3300 km route of the 2018 Tour De France before them. It will involve running an Ultra marathon every day for 70 days and climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest over 3 times.

 

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Flourish, the gardening project that inspired Pete
Flourish, the gardening project that inspired Pete

Flourish, the gardening project that inspired Pete

Pete's running and choice to support Livability was inspired by Livability's Flourish project at our wellbeing discovery centre 'Livability Holton Lee.'

 


With a particular understanding of mental health and disability, the wellbeing discovery centre is set in 350 acres of beautiful Dorset countryside.

It is one of many services that Livability runs across the UK. From gardening therapy, arts and ceramics, bird watching, walking and accessible camping, visitors can benefit from an inclusive and supportive community.

'Flourish' is a gardening therapy programme for people living with mental health and disability. People learn new skills, build confidence, make new friends and have fun. People arrive at the centre with different needs, arising from mental health challenges and a wide range of disabilities - but feeling isolated is a common theme.

The money that Pete raises for Livability is directed to support the work of this project.

Everyone that takes part in the Flourish project were incredibly supportive of Pete's marathon challenge. They supported him through running and training, and making messages of support from garden produce at the centre.

 

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Why Pete runs
Why Pete runs

Why Pete runs

Pete is a passionate advocate and campaigner for mental health awareness. Through his running he wants to:

  • To raise awareness & support for mental health
  • To inspire people to challenge their limits
  • To run a really, really long way!
My Marathons for the Mind challenges are my way of moving the focus away from running quickly to running for a cause. It is a way to challenge myself in a new way and use my running ability to try and make a positive difference. It is also my way of showing to myself, and hopefully others, that it is ok to admit when things have gone too far and that it is possible to change,' says Pete.

I have had many friends and family members who have, and who still suffer, from a variety of mental health conditions,' says Peter. I have seen how debilitating this can be, and how frustrating it is to see services stretched and the right support often extremely hard to come by.

Through my challenges I have also learned to understand my own health much better and talk openly about my feelings. I have always been around others suffering with much greater mental health needs than myself and had thought it would be disrespectful to talk about my mental health in the light of these. I didn't suffer like they did, to me these days of self-isolation were few in comparison. I now realise it's not a comparison. I realise that we all have mental health in the same way we have physical health and there will many levels within that. By talking we help ourselves, we help others, we help educate and we help to end the stigma that still exists.

 

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Running for mindfulness - how it all adds up
Running for mindfulness - how it all adds up

Running for mindfulness - how it all adds up

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Book Pete as a speaker
Book Pete as a speaker

Book Pete as a speaker

Pete’s talks are open, honest and from the heart. He talks with freedom, humility & humour about how he went from crying in a Ugandan Orphanage, to running a marathon in every country in Europe in consecutive days.

Pete has presented to a range of audiences from TedX Talks, to children, young people, CEO'S and big kids like himself! His aim is to enable others to reach their capabilities, to improve wellbeing and to challenge us to look at a situation & see things differently.

If you'd like to book Pete as a speaker, just email us and we'll pass your interest on.

 

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The difference Flourish makes
The difference Flourish makes

The difference Flourish makes

The money that Pete raises for Livability is directed to support the work of Livability's Flourish project.

With 97% of people who attend Flourish reporting an increase in social networks and a decrease in social isolation, Livability's Flourish project is a standout service with local referring agencies.

Livability Flourish Project worker Emma Browning says:

Flourish's culture of acceptance and building to people's strengths is key. When people arrive, I can see in their face that first morning that they're questioning where they will fit in. Then you can see it dawning on them that there is no need to 'fit in', no clique, because everyone fits in.

Everybody is open and welcoming to new people. They take an interest in them as a person - they talk about what TV they've watched, what football team they support. Conversations and friendships just start.”

Endorsements for the project

Poole Hospital is a regular referrer and says: "Flourish is our first choice…because this service is so different from other places we can refer. It's also unique because Flourish encourages people to work together, regardless of what issues they are trying to overcome; this allows people to make a genuine contribution."

Bournemouth and Poole College is similarly impressed by the impact on their clients: "Coming to Livabilty's Holton Lee helps so much with forming relationships. Those who find it hard to fit in absolutely thrive there!"

Chris's story

For Chris, his confidence with others now extends beyond sharing a task to offering emotional support: 'Being part of a team, I've learned team bonding and better communication skills. I help others when they're upset. I calm them down, talk to them, take them somewhere quiet. I get them to explain the situation and what they feel.'

Rachel's story

For Rachel, following job loss and other challenges in her life, she had withdrawn almost completely from friends and family. "Flourish was my chance to try new things in a life-changing place.”

 

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Support Pete
Support Pete

Support Pete

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Watch the challenge film
Watch the challenge film

The Tour de France challenge

Stories and news about Pete
Stories and news about Pete

Stories and news about Pete

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