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Rob Cockerill pounding the pavement in 5 Cornish races

Nacoa supporter and author, Rob Cockerill, is will be pounding the pavement in 5 Cornish races in 2017. His sponsored runs in aid of Nacoa include the Enys 10k, Godrevy 10k, Lanhydrock 10k, Trellisick 10k, and the Eden Project Half Marathon.

Rob is undertaking the races in memory of his parents, whose lives were both lost to alcoholism at a tragically young age.

He said: ‘2017 marks a whole 10 years since my Dad passed, having lost my Mum only four years earlier. Both were troubled by alcoholism, and it destroyed our family, at a relatively young and formative age for my brother and I.

‘We had essentially lost our parents – and childhood. The alcoholism robbed us of that.’

Rob, who goes under the pen name Robert James, has also recently published his memoir, Dealing with Dad, which recounts becoming an effective orphan as a young man and how alcohol abuse and addiction tore at the fabric of his family.

Rob said that: ‘So, 10 years since my darkest days, and I’m challenging myself to run a series of 10k races this year to raise money for Nacoa and help others.’

Please support Rob by visiting his Just Giving page, reading his story and donating to his page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ROB-COCKERILL?utm_id=20 

Bravely using his experience to reach out to others, Rob’s story is an inspiration to others in similar situations. Through his fundraising, he will directly reach out to young people like him and his sister and help us answer one of the 32,000 calls Nacoa receives every year.

You can download Dealing with Dad by clicking on the below link.