Mark Allison - Run Geordie Run

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Useful Vision
Useful Vision is a registered charity providing accessible opportunities and activities to vision impaired children and their families, throughout the North East region. Our mission is to help children learn new skills and make new friends, reducing social isolation through increased confidence and self-esteem. The activities we organise are always designed to meet the needs of vision impaired children of all ages and abilities, whilst at the same time offering an enjoyable experience for siblings, parents and carers. As well as organising imaginative activities for families, we also provide specialist skills workshops and lessons for vision impaired children. Our skills workshops and lessons encourage vision impaired children to learn new skills and gain confidence in all aspects of their daily living and social life, promoting independence. Useful Vision also offers an informal information and advice service for families affected by a child's sight loss.

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Run Geordie Run's 2017 fundraising

Fundraiser: 
Mark Allison - Run Geordie Run

My page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/rungeordierun

Thanks so much for finding my fundraising page. Please read on to find out more about my fundraising plans in 2017.

 

I am raising funds for an amazing north east charity called Useful Vision. I got to know about the charity through my role on the regional small grants panel at The Children's Foundation. I was immediately inspired when I found out about the incredible opportunities that they are giving vision impaired children.

 

I have a vision impaired colleague at Virgin Money of some 16 years who is a huge inspiration to me and many others. I also recently learned that another colleague's three year old daughter participates in the activities that Useful Vision offer.

 

Add all of those things together and the decision to raise funds for Useful Vision was a very easy one.

 

I'll continue to learn more and write on my blog about what Useful Vision is doing in the coming months. In the meantime, they have an excellent Facebook page and website. The annual reports on the charities commission website also make for amazing and inspirational reading.

 

In summary, "Useful Vision is a registered charity providing accessible opportunities and activities to vision impaired children and their families, throughout the North East region. 

 

Our mission is to help children learn new skills and make new friends, reducing social isolation through increased confidence and self-esteem. The activities we organise are always designed to meet the needs of vision impaired children of all ages and abilities, whilst at the same time offering an enjoyable experience for siblings, parents and carers. 

 

As well as organising imaginative activities for families, we also provide specialist skills workshops and lessons for vision impaired children. Our skills workshops and lessons encourage vision impaired children to learn new skills and gain confidence in all aspects of their daily living and social life, promoting independence. Useful Vision also offers an informal information and advice service for families affected by a child's sight loss.".

 

I'm sure you'll agree that the work that Useful Vision are doing is absolutely amazing. The question now is what challenges can I undertake to raise funds to help support their incredible work with vision impaired children?

 

Firstly, at the time of writing, there are 8 full months left in 2017. I am currently training to run segment 5 of the Run Around The World in 2018. I'll be doing this unsupported and pulling a buggy 2900 miles from Belgrade, Serbia to Astana, Kazakhstan. For once, I hope to be at the correct weight and condition going into a major event. I've never managed it before. For example, 18.5 stone and 28% body fat going in to the run across the USA. I got away with it and ended up at 13 stone and 5% body fat by the time I reached New York.

 

I always do well in the major events around the world. That's mainly because there is so much money for charity at stake. Raising money for good causes is huge, huge personal motivation for me. In fact it's everything. So it's time to recreate those financial stakes while I'm training.

 

Each month a donation will be made to Useful Vision from one of my sponsors SOS Group Ltd, Fresh Freight Group or D-Line for various challenges.

 

The challenges are as follows:

 

SPONSORED BY SOS GROUP

1) Lose 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of fat weight by 12/05/2017.

 

SPONSORED BY D-LINE

2) £2 for every mile ran in June.  

 

SPONSORED BY Fresh Freight Group 

3)  The Stelvio Challenge. 


4) tbc

5) tbc

6) tbc

7) tbc

8) tbc

 

It's going to be incredibly difficult to hit each target. irst 9000 miles around the world, I'll be giving maximum effort to ensure that I don't let the charity down.

 

So plenty of challenges to tackle in 2017 for an amazing local charity carrying out important work and ultimately improving the lives of vision impaired children and their families.

 

I'm so up for this challenge and I'd appreciate any donation to Useful Vision no matter how large or small.

 

Thanks in advance,

Mark (Run Geordie Run) :)

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£4,233.13

Running total

Target:
£10,000.00
Total raised incl. Gift Aid:
£4,566.88
Total donors:
103
Last donor:
Lady in Tynemouth
23.09.17  
Offline fundraising:
£496.00
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