In October, Pedro Feitor ran the Bournemouth Half Marathon For Hammersley Homes.
Bryan Woods spoke to him.
On 9th October, volunteer Pedro Feitor ran a half marathon to raise valuable funds for Hammersley Homes. I recently spoke to Pedro about his amazing achievement.
Pedro is studying psychology at Bournemouth University. He eventually wants to specialise in clinical psychology.
Having experienced a mental health issue himself, Pedro is well aware of the challenges that this can bring. In May of this year, Pedro started to volunteer with Hammersley Homes.
He has found it to be a rewarding experience; “It has given me a purpose, and I have learnt more about the psychology of other people. I have gained more of an insight through speaking to people with mental health issues first-hand.”
Pedro has been supporting somebody in their own home; “As a volunteer, I had the privilege to provide friendship to someone who found himself adjusting back into society.“ This experience has also been of mutual benefit; “Volunteering was as helpful to me as I hope it was to him.“
Running and cycling have been Pedro’s twin passions for a number of years. He started training for the half marathon at the end of summer.
The 13.1 mile route is part of the Run Bournemouth annual running event. It takes in both Boscombe and Bournemouth Piers, as well as some stunning coastal scenery.
Running the half marathon with a friend, Pedro said, “We encouraged each other to the finish line and had a lot of fun doing it.“
Pedro says “I encourage everyone to volunteer or at least learn about mental illness and what it’s really like to live with it. And to learn more about Hammersley Homes and the important work they are doing.“
To date, Pedro has raised £210 for Hammersley Homes. He has plans to eventually run a full marathon to raise even more money. And his advice to those who might be thinking of doing something similar? “Choose something you already enjoy doing, and have even more fun doing it while raising money!“
We hugely appreciate this effort he has made to raise much needed funds for us.