To help her come to terms with the sudden passing of her wonderful mother, Hazel Davies, a week before Christmas 2020 of COVID and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease aged 77, Melanie Beckley has found solace in exercise training most days, including long distance running.
Melanie has decided to set herself a challenge of running a half marathon every Sunday through the month of September 2021 whilst raising money for Your Space, an autism charity that is close to all her family’s hearts, especially her late mother’s.
In fact, to emphasise how much the charity’s means to Melanie’s family, her daughter Chloë and her autistic brother, Andrew Edwards, work for Your Space, which also covers Deeside, in different roles at Llay Resource Centre, Wrexham.
Regarding the idea for the fundraising, Melanie of Gwersyllt, Wrexham, who trains three mornings a week at Number One Health Strength Performance in Queensferry said: “Exercise has been a big part of my life for a number of years now. However, in December 2020 my mother and best friend, Hazel Davies suddenly passed away aged 77 due to COVID Pneumonia and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Now, strength training and running is an essential part of my life to get through the day. It is definitely therapy for me.
“Your Space, is a local charity who help people on the autistic spectrum, which is a cause very close to my heart as my brother, Andrew Edwards, is autistic and works for the charity. They work tirelessly hard to help and have done a fantastic job especially in these difficult times.
“This is the reason that I have decided to take on “A Month of Sunday” Half Marathons throughout September with every one under two hours. I know that it is a very difficult time for everyone but if you could donate even a small amount it will make a big difference to the young peoples lives and their families who attend Your Space. Hopefully we can raise enough money to have a Sensory Garden for the service users in memory of my Mum.”
Melanie’s brother, Andrew Edwards, who is Your Space’s Fundraising Assistant, said: “I am so proud of my wonderful sister not just because of her idea to raise much needed funds for a cause that was dear to our late, beloved mother Hazel Davies’ heart, but how she has remarkably she has managed since our mother sudden passed away.
“Although we both think about our mother every second of every day whilst greatly missing her, the way my wonderful sister Melanie has enabled us to be in a great routine on a daily basis by adapting our lives despite losing the most important person we will both ever have is truly remarkable.
“I know that our mother would be immensely proud of Melanie in her role as my carer whilst keeping our mother’s home up to scratch since her passing along with maintaining our daily routine, which for both of us greatly involves exercise, Ma would be very happy.
“It would be nice if ourselves at Your Space can raise the funds for a Sensory Garden for Your Space, which my sister’s immense efforts will hopefully go some way towards, as Ma was such a big supporter of Your Space. Ma battled with every ounce of emotional and physical strength she had every day for over 36 years to provide the life I deserved despite my autism diagnosis.”
For more information please contact Andrew Edwards, Your Space Fundraising Assistant on 07828 013 025, 01978 856 859 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to Melanie’s fundraising https://localgiving.org/appeal/AMonthofSundays/