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With the first Women’s Aid Purple Run 5k set to take place on September 25th in Dublin, domestic violence survivor Jessica Bowes has called for women to come out and support the cause. 

Jessica, who will be joining Bláthnaid Treacy for the run, has spoken out about the abuse she suffered at the hands of her ex-partner and she is urging others to help raise funds for the charity’s 24hr National Freephone Helpline.

Women’s Aid, the national charity supporting women and children affected by domestic violence in Ireland is launching the first-ever Purple Run to raise those much-need funds – so where will this brilliant event take place?

The starting line will be on Tuesday 25th September 2018 at 7.30pm on Sandymount Strand, Dublin 4 (Sean Moore Park end).

This is such an important event to put your support behind as Women’s Aid do amazing work, responding to, on average, 50 calls a day from women experiencing emotional, physical, sexual and financial abuse from their partners, husbands, and boyfriends.

Abuse survivor Jessica, a Dublin mum of three children, wants people to come out and support this cause.

“Since I spoke out on Prime Time in February this year, lots of women have reached out to me and some of them are coming to run with me on the day. The run for me represents where so many women are on their own journeys escaping domestic violence. Some women can run others can’t but with the right people supporting you we can all get to the finish line!” she said. 

If you want to join in, you can sign up at www.womensaid.ie/purplerun for €25 per person (includes a free t-shirt and raffle entry).


In May 2015 David Beckham made his Instagram debut with a sexy selfie, and ever since we’ve been reverting back to our early Man U state of infatuation with the famous footballer.

But as well as sharing selfies, glimpses of his family life and pictures where he just looks like a total babe, the 41-year-old has been using his Insta profile to raise awareness of some very important causes.

Yesterday the dad of four shared a video with his 29 million followers in which he performs 22 press-ups while flying at 45,000 feet.


Nap time

A photo posted by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on

Nominated by his “lovely friend” Guy Richie, the former England captain explains that the filmed exercise is part of a programme which aims to highlight the frightening levels of suicide among soldiers who’ve returned home from duty overseas.

Alongside the post, he wrote: “So my lovely friend Mr Guy Richie the film maker and supreme athlete has nominated me to do 22 press ups consecutively for 22 days (and by the way his challenge was that I do my first lot at 44,000 feet as he knows I’m travelling).”

“22 service men kill themselves post conflict…22 a day, basically 1 an hour.  So I am doing what Guy R, Jason S and Charlie H are doing and supporting, respecting and appreciating all the service men and women and their sacrifice.”

Just another reason to love DB.


Earlier this month Price Harry made headlines when he live streamed himself being tested for HIV in a bid to break down the stigma which often surrounds the process.

Since then the Royal has continued to raise awareness about important social issues by speaking about his experience of his mother’s death at an event for the mental health charity Heads Together.

In the new clip the Royal can be heard telling footballer Rio Ferdinand that he regrets not opening up about his mother’s death sooner.


He said: “Everything can be ok but I really regret not ever talking about it.  For the first 28 years of my life I never talked about it.”

The Prince explained how he had been approached by a friend to see if he would share his experience with three children who had lost their mother to suicide.

Harry said: “[The kids] are now in the process of asking questions, ‘where’s mummy,’ and all this sort of stuff.”

“They had started asking questions and going ‘what is going to happen to us when we get older [because] we haven’t got a mum’.”

“We didn’t even talk about it.  We just sat down and had a laugh and he just said…there’s a classic example of someone who’s [lost their mother and is] normal.”

Rio later explained to the BBC what a valuable experience hearing Harry’s story was for him as he raises his own children after their mother’s death.

He said: “He’s gone through different stages in his life that my kids are going to be going towards.  So to get some of these experiences is very very rewarding for me and very educational in many ways for me in knowing what to expect going forward for my children.”

31-year-old Harry created Heads Together with his brother Prince William and Kate Middleton as a means through which leading metal health charities could unite.

Harry’s mother Princess Diana died in a car accident in Paris in 1997.  At the time Harry was just 12 years old.

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