Hi George, tell us a bit about yourself and the fundraising you’ve been doing?
So I’m a born Manxie, home has always been here on the Isle of Man. I spent a few years based away, chasing a career playing rugby, however home is where the heart is, right?
At the start of 2018, I moved back to the Island full time to start work at a local e-gaming company which was an awesome opportunity (enough to leave my Psychology degree in Glasgow!) and have been far happier since.
I wanted a break from playing rugby, but I am one of those endorphin junkies who just can’t get enough exercise. Since doing a triathlon in primary school I’ve always had the motivation to do an Ironman (thanks to Neil MacGregor, the most ironed Ironman an Ironman could be) so became set on completing this at a date that was yet to be determined.
Although I have a mad love for exercise, to complete an event like this I needed an extrinsic motivation to get me up on those early mornings and to finish those long hour rides on the bike.
I’d been made aware of the charity CALM through their campaign Project 84 and since then I’ve followed the work they do closely – incredibly, their helpline prevented 409 suicides in 2017.
I wanted to raise as much money as possible, and realised a one off event wouldn’t really let me do this, so I got creative and began thinking of what crazy challenges I could put myself through, all linked to the horrendous statistic of suicides.
The result being, an open water swim between Castletown Harbour and Gansey, which I’ll hopefully complete on the 28th of July, this year.
Can you explain any further the motivations behind the work you’ve been putting in?
Mental health is something that has always been close to the family, as well as personally having had some low-key struggles myself.
The more you talk about mental health and suicide, which is still such a taboo subject, the more you become aware of others that have been affected.
The sheer volume of people that have lost friends, distant relatives or family very close to them, with no prior knowledge that the individual was struggling, knocks me sick.
Especially when the lives lost have left devastated loved ones left behind, that would have done anything possible to help, if those issues had only been communicated.
If people want to help with your cause in any way, how can they get involved?
The amount of support I’ve had already to raise £2100 is awesome, and any messages of encouragement are always appreciated – they’re what’s getting me up in the morning!
Thanks for your time George, and good luck!
If you’d like support George in his campaign you can do so by heading to his just giving page here.
If that’s not your style, he is accepting cash donations in to via bank transferring, which will be transferred to the JustGiving page – confirmations of the transfer will be sent to you afterwards, email [email protected] and he will send over the details ASAP.