Martin Pratt is not only braving one fundraising event for Nacoa in 2017, but two. Much like his favourite comic book hero, Superman, he will have will be flying through the air during his skydive and require the stamina of a ‘Man of Steel’ to complete the Great North Run.
He will be undertaking these events in a Superman outfit to symbolise the hard experiences he has had to face over the past 13 years, dealing with the alcohol problems of others: ‘I have witnessed first hand what an alcoholic destructive power can do to peoples lives. I watched a human mind break in front of me.’
Martin’s chosen costume is to remember that, ‘It was Superman that helped me during my bad times and still does. During very dark days [dealing with] other people’s drinking, it was watching and reading anything superman gave me the lift I needed.’
A passionate supporter of Nacoa’s work, Martin says ,’In the world of Superman the S is a family crest that stands for hope and I hope by doing these events I can give Nacoa the funds it needs to help give hope to people who are are affected.’
The recent long term Helpline Review demonstrated that Nacoa has received over 1 million contacts over that last 15 years. Over a quarter of a million of those contacts were direct phone calls to the helpline, normally from vulnerable young people. Last year alone Nacoa received over 32,000 helpline calls.
To keep the phone lines open Nacoa relies solely on voluntary donations raised by inspiring people like Martin. As a very small charity serving the whole of the UK, all funds raised will make a direct impact to children suffering in silence.
In the immortal words of Superman himself, ‘It’s not about where you were born. Or what powers you have. Or what you wear on your chest. It’s about what you do… it’s about action.’
You can sponsor Martin and celebrate his achievements by visiting his Just Giving page. You can send him as much or as little as you can afford and leave a message of support by clicking here.
The Year of doing things!! This year i will be taking part in two events. First one will be a Sky Dive in August and the second is the Great North Run. I will be doing these dressed as one of my hero’s Superman.
I will be raising Money for a charity called NACOA, National Association Children of Alcoholics. It is a Charity that helps Children and Adults who have alcoholics in their lives. They want to help and be supportive to the people who have witness horrors when living or even knowing an alcoholic.
I am very passionate about raising money or even spreading the word about this amazing chairty.
In the world of Superman the S is a family crest that stands for hope and i hope by doing these events i can give NACOA the funds it needs to help give to people who are are/were affected.
I have witnessed first hand what an alcoholic destructive power can do to people lives. I watched a human mind break in front of me. I had to visit a person in hospital twice because they tried taking their own life when they were very drunk.I have watched people be extremely abusive and aggressive to myself and to the people that i love and care about around me. I had to pick people off the streets so they wouldn’t get hit by on coming traffic and walked into rooms thinking they were dead but they have had so much to drink they have passed out. I have had to listen to their constant lies about their drinking, telling me that it is water so i grab it out of their hand and try a bit to find out its much stronger then water! blaming me for what was happening to them but take no responsibility for their own actions. This is a small part of a battle i have had over 13 years of my life and it’s still continues now.
At times it has become too much, however i have amazing friends (you know who you are) and girlfriend who gave me a home when i needed it, days out just so i could get a breather, Christmases or even just their own time so could tell them about whats going on.
I know not everyone is as lucky as me so this is why i want to raise as much money as possible to help people and maybe help them avoid seeing and experience things that i did and I still do.
Unfortunately the number of alcoholics are on the rise and I would like to help raise awareness of this charity as more and more people are being affected.
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