I signed up to run the 2016 London Marathon for Sense in memory of my dad. He was registered blind in his final years, and it had a big impact both on his life and ours.
I wanted to make a difference (and raise some money) by competing in what is probably the ultimate long distance running event. What I didn’t realise at the time, though, was that London was just the start of my challenge.
I am 26 years old and live in Hemel Hempstead. I will be running the Royal Parks Half Marathon this weekend (8 October).
I currently work for Sense College @ Keech in Luton. I’m actually Scottish and have recently moved down here in April, I jumped at the opportunity of raising money for them.
My uncle has cerebral palsy and attends Sense Scotland up in Glasgow. I was lucky enough to get a job with Sense as a support worker in Luton.
The reason I chose to run and raise money for Sense is simply because we need the money in order to improve our service. We do so much for our students but there is so much more potential. We could use an extra bus or more sensory equipment. I don’t expect this just to be given to us, therefore I’m willing to put in the work and raise the funds in other ways.
As my first year at university draws to a close it’s time to reflect on my year.
As with everything there have been highs and lows, as I have grappled with the extra barriers that come with being a deafblind student.
I am studying History and Politics at the University of Sheffield. Situated 145 miles from home in the rural countryside, Sheffield seemed daunting at first. But with time, great support and the help of my gorgeous guide dog the past year came to be one of the best of my life. I have made lifelong friends, perfected the art of downing a tequila shot and achieved more than I ever thought I could academically. On the whole it’s been a brilliant experience and I cannot wait to go back in September.