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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

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Andrew’s huge challenge in memory of his brother

A SELLAFIELD employee has set himself a gruelling running challenge in memory of his late brother.

huge challenge: Andrew Robinson is training hard

By Mark White

Andrew Robinson, from Whitehaven, is running 115 miles in three days to raise funds and awareness for Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS).

Speaking of his brother Ian who died four years ago, Andrew said: “He was obviously in a bad place and I didn’t realise.

“When he took his own life, I felt I should have been there more for him and that I somehow should have stopped him doing what he did.

“I learned of the existence of SOBS through my GP and went to talk to them.

“They were instrumental in turning my thought processes from emotional turmoil into reality and helping me to understand that I was not to blame for Ian’s death.

“I didn’t know they even existed before my brother died, but I am so thankful to them for helping me at a time when I was extremely low.

“I am running the Coast to Coast as my way of raising a few pounds to help the organisation, but more importantly to raise awareness and highlight their existence should others ever need the help they can provide.”

Andrew has been training for the past six months but admits his body is the problem – not his fitness.

“My stamina doesn’t seem to be a problem for me, it’s my body that lets me down. I suffer badly from joint pain in my feet and ankles and so keeping my body fit is proving problematic.

“I’m so determined though to finish this challenge.”

Andrew will start his run at Seaton Carew stopping off at Bowes Moor and Penrith before finally finishing at Whitehaven Harbour.

Brother-in-law Ray McKew and friend Andrew Routledge will follow in car and on bicycle to offer safety and physio support.

“The physio will just help my muscles keep going and enable me to finish the challenge,” said Andrew, who will start his run on July 19 with a view to finishing on July 21.


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