I started working with Sense UK last year, when I spoke to their corporate fund raising team to organise a charity Golf Day on behalf of one our SME clients. During a friendly conversation about general fund raising, I was asked ‘Do you run?’. The answer was ‘Yes, sort of, I started running in March 2014 and completed the Reigate Half marathon that year, but haven’t really done much since.’. This started a conversation about Team Sense and the London Marathon 2016. When I heard the team were a little short of runners, I couldn’t think of a good enough reason to say ‘No’. All I could think of were excuses. And there were lots.
Sense are a UK based charity who support and campaign for both adults and children who are deafblind or have sensory impairments. The term ‘deafblindness’ refers to a combination of sight and hearing impairment which causes difficulties in a range of areas including communication, access to information and mobility. Sense provides support for families with children who are born with sight and hearing impairments, as well as caring for older people who develop sight and hearing loss later in life.
Sense do remarkable things to allow people to live as independent and fulfilling lives as possible. They offer amazing care, support and advice. The only way they can continue to provide this service, is through fundraising activities, relying on the generosity of individuals and business owners.
After seeing the work they do and the difference they make to so many lives, I decided to give up the excuses and become part of Team Sense for the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon. At first, I felt quite daunted at the prospect of running 26.2 miles, especially when I realised how tough it was returning to running once you stop for a year. But now, I am starting to enjoy the experience. I feel fit, I love being able to eat as many carbs as I like and I have been completely blow away by the support and generosity of friends and family.
To donate to Sense, please visit my London Marathon Fund Raising Page
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