by Tina Mitchell Skinner
CEO and Founder
“Good luck tomorrow. I don’t think you realise what an awesome person you are. Not many people can ever achieve the things you have. You have determination in abundance. You have dealt with so much, overcome so much. I know you will do your best. You will not to be defeated. You have faith which will get you through. I am very proud to call you my friend.”
I received this message this morning and it couldn’t have come at a better time. However, I have to say that I don’t feel any of those things right now, except my faith.
As CEO of Brain Tumour Support, I have spent much time this week considering the charity’s response to the coronavirus COVID-19 and we have already started to take precautionary measures in order to protect those who access our services and who due to their brain tumour diagnosis are vulnerable. I feel strongly that as a health organisation we are making the right decisions and will of course continue to take on board official guidance.
However, my next big challenge is whether or not we should be represented at the Bath Half Marathon tomorrow. The Race Medical Director of the Bath Half probably hasn’t slept this week and I, for one, can totally understand how hard this decision has been for her. After much heartache, as a charity, we have taken the decision for our official cheer squad not to be present tomorrow and have advised our runners of this decision. However, we have said that, as the event is still officially going ahead, our runners must have that freedom of choice to decide if they want to run or not after all they have done in preparation over the past six months.
So, the long and short of it is, I will be on the start line at 11am tomorrow, together with the other Brain Tumour Support runners, wearing my running shirt proudly – in memory of my gorgeous husband Paul Mitchell. Doing something I have never in my life done before.
I hope that as supporters of our charity, you will understand why I and others have made this decision.
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