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27 November 2019

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Help fund the fightback: sponsor my marathon

Paul Couchman, Staines Socialist Party

In 2015 I had a major heart attack. It is fair to say that the NHS and their dedicated staff saved my life.

Although I have been a member of the Socialist Party (and the Militant before it) for nearly 40 years, I saw this scary event as a wake-up call to redouble my efforts to build the party and to improve my health.

Since then I have lost a third of my body weight and taken up regular exercise, doing a park run most weekends. I have decided to enter a marathon next year - five years since my heart attack - and what better cause could there be than the Socialist Party fighting fund?

Friends, family and comrades can either donate on the Socialist Party website stating it's to support my run, make a donation via your local Socialist Party branch, or visit my Just Giving page.

I will update everyone after I have completed the run in May next year. I am hoping to raise 1,000. Nearly 300 has already been donated or pledged, including 75 from delegates on the Unison South East regional council.

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In The Socialist 27 November 2019:


What we think

Labour's manifesto: fight to transform hope into a socialist society

Tories launch 'non manifesto'


International socialist news and analysis

Regime's fuel price rise sparks massive protests across Iran

Sri Lanka: Presidential election sees return of dictatorial Rajapaksa clan


News

Tory election campaign's dirty tricks and lies

Resist attacks against free speech on campus

Northern Ireland: strike action by NHS workers

Prince Andrew outrage exposes establishment


Council cuts

End council cuts now, to end Tory austerity!


Workplace news

Uni strike takes fight to bosses

CWU's right to defend members is on the line

South Western Railway strike: "We're up for the fight"

PCS union ballot closes 12 December: Marion Lloyd for general secretary

Sixth-form college strikes: 'Sticking two fingers up at the Tories'

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Trump and Tories are a threat to environment

Brighton anti-academy campaign steps up

Posties withdraw goodwill from cruel bosses

Help fund the fightback: sponsor my marathon

Selling the Socialist

Buy a historical biography for Christmas


Readers' opinion

The private sector will never provide broadband to every home, nationalisation will

Plymouth Blairites side with anti-tenant landlords

Minimum wage debate


 

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