Pedro Feitor is running the Bournemouth Half Marathon on 9th October to raise funds for Hammersley Homes
Pedro is one of our fabulous Outreach Volunteers, who has really made a difference to the lives of some of our vulnerable clients he’s been visiting. Through his work with us, he has built up some first-hand knowledge and a true understanding of what it’s like to live with enduring mental health challenges, and what a difference a little kindness makes.
“Hey, I’m Pedro, I’m going to be doing a half marathon on the 9th of October to raise money for Hammersley Homes, where I’ve been volunteering.
Hammersley Homes are a charity that focuses on providing care for adults who suffer with mental illness. Often adults with mental illness find themselves in prison or if their lucky hospitalised. There is a lack of understanding and mistreatment of adults with mental illness in our society, and Hammersley Homes are doing the inspiring work of helping these individuals who tend to find themselves alone, vulnerable and homeless.
As a volunteer I had the privilege to provide friendship to someone who found himself adjusting back into society. Volunteering was as helpful to me as I hope it was to him, I was a little scared at first, not knowing what to expect or being worried I’d say something wrong and upset him. But once I started visiting him once a week for a few hours I realised how judgmental we are, if life had turned out differently any of us could be in that position, people with mental illness are just like us, we all have mental health that increases and declines.
People with mental illness struggle with certain factors in our society and the horrible treatment they often receive from our society is so upsetting.
I encourage everyone to volunteer or at least learn about mental illness and what it’s really like to live with it.“
We hugely appreciate this effort he is making to raise much needed funds for us.
Please support him with anything you can spare. Thank you!