Patrick's motivation for taking on this year's British 10k is the impact of psoriasis on young people who are living with the condition.
He writes, 'Hi everyone, I am running the London 10k race on 15th July in aid of the Psoriasis Association.
Psoriasis is an immune condition which affects the skin and joints, and around 2% of the population of the UK and Ireland are affected by it. When a person has psoriasis, the skin replacement process speeds up, taking just a few days to replace skin cells that usually take 21-28 days. This results in an accumulation of skins cells on the surface of the skin on any part of the body, in the form of a plaque. Psoriasis is a long-term condition that may be mild or severe. There is currently no cure, but there are many treatments available to manage the condition.
I’ve had psoriasis for 25 years – my condition is deemed mild to moderate – I’ve had various lotions and potions over the years to try and combat it, and even a course of light treatment that gave me a better tan temporarily than my wife! I’m lucky because my condition could be a lot worse, and I’m helped by having a wonderful family and fantastic friends who know what I’ve got, and know its just a part of me.
The age group that really suffer mentally from psoriasis are the young, typically people under 25. In a recent study undertaken by the Psoriasis Association, it was found that 94% of this age group who had psoriasis were affected by a form of anxiety and depression, and 42% were too embarrassed to ask for help. It causes them to feel alone and isolated and can also impact their studies.
So that’s why I’m running – to help them.
The Psoriasis Association is the UK’s leading national charity for people affected by psoriasis – they provide support, through a helpline service and a recently launched WhatsApp service; they raise awareness of the condition through leaflets in hospitals and speeches at healthcare conferences; they award grants to high quality research projects to search for the cure.
But they only exist through the ongoing support of their members and individual donors. They receive no funding from the government or the Department of Health.
Any donations you could give would be greatly appreciated, and in the knowledge that my legs will be suffering on the streets of London in July!!! Thanks very much.'
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