POhWER CE Mark Lister, challenged himself to run The Big Half marathon in London on the 4th of March 2018 and he completed it in 1hr 55mins. 

The Big Half Marathon started at Tower Bridge and finished at Greenwich. It is a 13 mile course and runs across the river Thames going past Southwark and Lewisham. It finished with The Big Festival where there was food and music.

He ran this to raise money for POhWER - an advocacy charity that supports thousands of vulnerable people every year to speak up for themselves.

The origin of the name POhWER comes from an acronym for ‘People of Hertfordshire Want Equal Rights.’ POhWER was started in Hertfordshire in 1996 by service users for service users and since then has spread nationwide, supporting all kinds of people living with a disability and mental health issues.

So far Mark’s supporters have exceeded his £250 target. Mark states there’s still time to give and adds that he will match £500 of the total raised.

Mark said:

“People living with a disability, dementia or mental health issues are all too often ignored, discriminated against or do not get the care and support they need. POhWER helps them to have a voice so their rights are upheld and they get the services they need to live life. People like Sarah* who was held in care accommodation by the authorities even though she didn't need to be there because they had failed to read her health record properly! Sarah had not committed a crime, she just had mental health issues, but she felt like she was locked up for months and utterly powerless until POhWER's advocate helped her voice her right to leave the care accommodation. Please help support POhWER so more people like Sarah have their voice heard. *name changed to protect her anonymity

To find out more about our fundraisers visit POhWER’s website at https://www.pohwer.net/fundraising-stories

If you would like to donate you can do this at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MarkLister6 - any amount donated will be gratefully received.