Author Archives: Anna Todd

About Anna Todd

Journalist. Mother. Marathon runner-to-be!

EPILOGUE – OKAY TO CRY

This blog was put together as part of my fundraising effort for Winston’s Wish, the children’s bereavement charity. I was on a 16 week training programme in the build up to running Brighton Marathon. To raise awareness of the cause, … Continue reading

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CATRIN, 21 (age 5)

CATRIN – Student Film Maker and Winston’s Wish Young Ambassador Catrin’s family was involved in a horrific car crash. Her dad was killed. Catrin was so traumatised that she took on the persona of a dog to distance herself from … Continue reading

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TIM, 24 (age 16)

TIM, Site Manager and Winston’s Wish Young Ambassador – 24 (age 16) Tim’s mother died within days of contracting a rare and deadly superbug called Panton-Valentine Leukocidin (PVL). In the months and years to come, Tim struggled with his grief, … Continue reading

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SUZIE, 38 (age 15)

SUZIE, Faith Presenter and Journalist At the height of the AIDS awareness campaign in the 1980s, Suzie’s father contracted HIV following a blood transfusion. He died in 1990. I was used to dad being ill. He was a haemophiliac, which … Continue reading

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WINSTON’S WISH

PUDDLES OF GRIEF – A volunteer’s memoir of a Winston’s Wish residential camp in the Forest of Dean. There are charities working to find cures for cancer, diabetes, heart conditions, MS, parkinson’s … There are those working to resolve conflict … Continue reading

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P, 55 (age 13)

P, 55 (age 13) This story was sent to me by a man who read about my blog on Twitter. After all these years, he still struggles to come to terms with his mother’s death. At the end of term … Continue reading

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JULIE

JULIE, Mother of Four Julie’s husband survived a horrific car crash in Autumn 2010. But the trauma had a lasting impact and just over a year later he committed suicide. Life changed forever for me and my family at 1.30pm … Continue reading

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JOHN

JOHN, Retired Teacher and Grandfather to James, Lily and Poppy Lily had Spinal Muscular Atrophy. She died in September 2012, age 9 months. Her older brother James was 3. A short while ago, an elderly lady confessed to me the … Continue reading

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CAMBRIDGE HALF

It’s a big day for me, my friends and colleagues, as we tackle the Cambridge Half Marathon! I was out on a mega run last Sunday and I hardly saw anyone walking. People have been training really hard. It’s a … Continue reading

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PHILIP, 62 (age 11)

PHILIP, Retired Police Officer Philip’s father, Harry, died of a heart attack, leaving behind three young sons. Years later Philip helped a teenager come to terms with his own mother’s death. In one week I will reach my 62 birthday, … Continue reading

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