On 19th May I am running the Hackney Half Marathon in aid of Campaign Bootcamp.
It will be the first time I’ve ever run a half marathon, and to be honest I’m a bit nervous as I don’t really have an exercise regime at the moment! Despite this, in two months I’ll be lacing up my (not purchased yet) running shoes in order to raise enough money to create a survivor activist scholarship for Campaign Bootcamp.
During my early 20s I was in a physically and emotionally abusive relationship, and that had significant impact on my mental and physical health. Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with this as I have previously written about my domestic violence campaigning and how Bootcamp helped me grow that.
In 2017, I was still early on in that journey. I had started to be more vocal about my situation, and was beginning to get involved in some survivor-led activism.*
Definition: Survivor-led activism refers to activism, advocacy and campaigning carried out by survivors of domestic and sexual violence
That’s when I managed to get a place on Campaign Bootcamp’s residential training course.
The 6-day training Bootcamp provided was truly transformational for me. It introduced me to campaign strategy, taught me how to take care of myself as an activist, and introduced me to other survivor activists.
Bootcamp gave me a space to talk about things I had been directly affected by, things that I wanted to change so that others would not have to go through what I did. At the training residential, I felt comfortable to share my experiences openly, and
Just five days after I graduated I was sitting in the House of Commons with parliamentarians and four other graduates talking about the Istanbul Convention and IC Change – a campaign that was conceived after co-founders Becca and Robyn met on a Bootcamp!
It also gave me a network and confidence that I had struggled to find before. Coming out of an abusive relationship often leaves people without both of these things. I cannot thank Bootcamp enough for helping me on this journey.
I’m pleased to report that I’ve already raised over £650 thanks to the kind donations of friends, family, colleagues, Bootcamp community members, and the team at GoFundMe. If everyone who receives our newsletter donated just £1.50 I will reach my target and will be on my way to supporting a fellow survivor attend our summer camp.
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Thank you in advance for your contribution to this important cause that means so much to me, and solidarity with survivors everywhere.
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