The Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 is Andy Cohen-Wray’s next target and he’s using it to help not only raise money for Mind, the mental health charity but to help himself too. Andy is training to run the 2014 Marathon in memory of his brother Matt, who took his own life in November 2012. “On the 30 November last year my only and younger brother Matt took his own life. He had recently split from his girlfriend of 12 years and leaves behind his 3 beautiful young children. He was so level all the time and didn’t really show happiness or sadness, there were no real signs of him feeling low. He never said that he felt like he couldn’t cope, it just happened really suddenly.”
This is the second time Andy is attempting the 26.2 mile race. He was set to run it this year but he suffered a sudden stroke two weeks before and was unable to take part. He managed to get back into running again and even won silver medals for 1500m and 3000m at the Eastern Vet’s Track Championships.
Andy, 35, has also been affected by depression throughout his life and has accessed psychiatric support himself, he said “I’m delighted to now be able to run the Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 on behalf of Mind the mental health charity. Mind does an incredible job reaching out and supporting anyone who needs it.” He has found that exercise and running specifically has helped him deal with his depression.
So far Andy has raised £1908.54 for Mind and his top fundraising tip is “treat fundraising like running, the more effort you put into it the more you’ll get out of it”. His London 2014 campaign begins in just a few days on 17 November, this would have been Matt’s birthday. Andy says; “I hope to make my brother Matt, his children and the rest of our family proud when I cross the finish line in April 2014. I truly thank every single person that supports me through this tough and testing time, both physically with the training and mentally as I grieve a much loved brother.”