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I blame my son, Barney, for putting me in this position

Martin Fletcher is one of the people running for Livability in the London Marathon this year. He shares his story. It is Sunday afternoon. I am lying full length on my sitting room sofa. I am reading an article in The Sunday Times magazine that says marathon running can cause arthritis, atrial fibrillation, kidney injury, …

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The legs say no. The mind says no. Six months of my greatest challenge

Yashas Mudumbai is one of the people running with Livability in the Virgin London Marathon this April. He shares his reasons for running and what he’s learning about himself through the challenge of training. The legs say no. The mind says no. More importantly, your surroundings say no. For the last six months, these three …

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Recovering from stroke – one man’s rehabilitation story and sporting success

Support from Livability Icanho – an aquired brain injury rehabilitaiton centre – made such a difference to runner David Swales that he decided he would raise funds for the Suffolk-based rehabilitation centre – by running 1,000 miles in 2017. Now 850 miles in, with £2,500 raised, David’s astonishing achievement after a debilitating stroke was recognised …

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5 Christmas stocking fillers every marathon runner needs

Livability is proud to have over a great team of people running the Virgin London Marathon next year, in support of the charity. As December gets underway, every London marathon runner’s training plan will start to see the distances start to get longer. In this article, one of our runners shares her marathon training Christmas …

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Livability film up for Charity Film Award – made with a cast of the people we support

A film made with a cast of some of the people that use Livability’s services is up for a Charity Film Award. The film is called ‘It All Adds Up’ and has been submitted to the Charity Film Awards – for which nominations are now open. The message of the film Shot earlier this year, …

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The run of a lifetime: Livability is one of the Virgin London Marathon Golden Bond holders

The Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the most iconic of all marathon events. Drawing thousands each year, the London Marathon provides an unrivaled opportunity to pursue a challenge of a lifetime: running 26.2 miles in the heart of one of the world’s most famous cities. What’s not to love? This weekend, thousands of …

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Livability at Parallel London – our highlights from the day

On Sunday 3 September, Livability took to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for this year’s all-inclusive run/push sporting event: Parallel London. The event sees participants coming from around the UK, to take part in a range of accessible competitions. From the 100 m / 1 km / 5 km and 10 km and a sensory …

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One volunteer who has made a world of difference to residents of Livability Keefield Close

21-year-old Saskia Burnett started volunteering at Livability Keefield Close as a befriender in 2015. When she arrived, she had already had some volunteering experience elsewhere, but immediately felt at home at the service. It quickly emerged that she was a gifted and exceptional care worker, who felt a genuine connection with residents at the home. …

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Celebrating our people – An IT specialist that’s increased efficiency and accuracy across the charity

Martyn joined Livability in July 2013 as Business Intelligence Development Manager. Since then, he has transformed the way information is gathered and analysed through the charity. Working hard to create a range of data solutions, he has developed the tools that enable more informed and better decisions to be made about how the organisation as …

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Building community connections is the secret of Hereford friends’ group success

The success of a friends group is not just down to the energy and commitment of the individuals who are part of it. It is also due to the strength of relationships – both within the group and with the service and local community. We talked to Friends members Tracy Aldridge and Liz Rogers talk …

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