“I want to take him round in my heart” – runner to take part in London Marathon for Suffolk Mind in memory of her partner
A Suffolk woman, who lost her partner to suicide last year, will be running the Virgin London Marathon in his memory in April to fundraise for Suffolk Mind.
Natasha Miles tragically lost her partner Nick in May 2019 after what she now knows to be a long battle with mental illness. She applied for the marathon place that Suffolk Mind had secured through a lottery process.
Natasha said: “After tragically losing Nick, I felt passionate about raising awareness of mental health.
“My life will never be the same, but if I can help others in any way, I am determined to do so. Many of us have suffered varying degrees of mental ill health in our own lives, but we should not feel embarrassed or anxious about reaching out for support.
“Suffolk Mind is an amazing charity, that works extremely hard to help the community in all aspects of mental health and wellbeing and I am so pleased to support them.”
Natasha’s family and friends will be willing her on throughout the 26.2 miles on Sunday 26th April 2020. She has started her training already and will be running on the day with her friend.
Natasha continued: “For sure, doing the London Marathon is going to be extremely emotional – I miss Nick every single day. But to possibly achieve something that we both had talked about doing together, will mean the world to me. I know it’s what he would want me to do as I was always setting us new challenges.
“It is part of my own healing process, to carry his memory with me throughout my life in a very positive way and on the day of the London Marathon. I want to take him round in my heart”
Community Fundraising Coordinator at Suffolk Mind, Lizzy Tuthill said: “Natasha is a fantastic advocate for Suffolk Mind and we are so pleased she will be running the London Marathon for us.
“We want to make Suffolk the best place in the world for talking about and taking care of mental health, and with the help of people like Natasha, we hope to achieve that mission”.
Author: Kristina Brinkley
Posted on: 7th January 2020