This week, we have five more #TeamSense supporters, telling us why they’re running the London Marathon for Sense on the 28th April.
Stewart has a hearing impairment and will be making his London Marathon debut
“My parents noticed I had speech problems and ear infections when I was young but by the time it was finally diagnosed, my ear drums were permanently damaged because of incorrect treatment. I had a number of operations to correct this, but my hearing never improved. I now wear a bone anchored hearing aid which has changed my life completely. Sense believe no one should be should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential. As someone who has been there in the past, running for Sense is very special.”
Michele is taking on the London Classics, for her best friend’s daughter who has a rare genetic disorder
“Molly uses basic sign language which has empowered her to have a voice which has given her crucial communication skills for herself and her family. I am really excited to taking on the London Classics for Sense, who are doing wonderful work to support people with complex disabilities, including those who are deafblind.”
Amy is a British Sign Language interpreter who has been inspired by her parents who are deaf
“My parents are deaf so I have always known sign language and been part of the deaf community. I have seen first-hand how amazing Sense is.
I am feeling a little bit overwhelmed with the mammoth task of running the marathon and fundraising but I am also excited and honoured that I am able to do it for a worthy cause that is close to my heart.”
Tanya is making her London Marathon debut for her autistic son and niece
“At the age of seven, Alfie was diagnosed as autistic and as a family, we have learned so much. He had problems with social communication and so it feels right to be running the London Marathon for Sense, who are helping children like Alfie and Zowie communicate and experience the world. I am really looking forward to it!”
Charlotte will be running in memory of her late sister Zara, who was born with Down Syndrome and Autism
“I wanted to do something to celebrate Zara’s life and to make her laugh. One of Zara’s greatest sources of amusement came from watching people running – particularly for a bus or train. Given I’ve never been good at running for anything, I thought I’d try and make her laugh. I’m running for Sense because they help so many people like Zara to communicate and express themselves.”
Would you like to take on the London Marathon next year? With a guaranteed charity place, you can beat the ballot, receive fantastic support and be a part of something amazing. Find out more about joining Team Sense in the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon!