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Karen's Great North Run Challenge

Karen's Great North Run Challenge

Why we need your help

The Great North Run is right around the corner, and this year Vision & Hearing Support’s Karen Mallet will be partaking! Karen has been doing amazing work at VHS for the past 6 years to empower those with sight loss to become independent and now she and her guide runner, Jocasta Williams plan to pick up their running shoes again and raise money for equipment that will make Vision & Hearing Support’s services even better.

Vision & Hearing Support is a local charity in Gateshead & South Tyneside that works with people who are visually impaired, Deaf or hard of hearing on their journey to independence, and Karen’s goal is to raise £1500 for VHS to get some equpment, starting with a Ruby 7 HD which is a portable video magnifier that has up to 24x magnification, 20 high contrast colour viewing modes and a whole range of features that make it possible for spotting, reading, writing, distance viewing and enjoying hobbies that otherwise might not be accessible. If the goal is met for the Ruby 7 HD, Karen aims to raise enough for VHS to get an Optelec Compact 10.

A magnifier is a great piece of equipment that can seriously improve the life of somebody who is visually impaired and provide them with independence. Karen was born with two eye conditions called optic atrophy and nystagmus and was registered as severely sight impaired ten years ago. Prior to this, she loved reading magazines and would read around 4 a week, but she lost the ability to see them in 2009. Karen tried many alternatives, but nothing could replace the feeling of reading the pages. When she was given a magnifier, things were about to turn around.

After receiving the magnifier explore 5, Karen decided to try it out in a shop and asked for assistance with reading a magazine. She was thrilled to find that she could read them and was reunited her with her hobby! The shop assistant was brought to tears upon witnessing the impact that this piece of technology can make on somebody’s life and by donating, you are helping Karen and the team at Vision & Hearing Support to improve even more lives.

Karen would like to raise the money for the company she works for because she is passionate about the work the team are doing. “I want to raise the money for Vision & Hearing Support because I work for an amazing company who has also supported me so much over the past 6 years.” But also, because her running has improved by leaps and bounds. Karen’s running journey started in 2015, when she was agreed to do the Great North Run without ever having ran a step before. But over the past 6 years, running has become a passion for Karen. She ran unguided a little bit during the pandemic but is very excited to give the job back to Jocasta. She has been training for the Great North Run and is very excited to try and beat her personal best.

If you want to help Karen beat her personal best time while also changing lives, please consider donating or sharing the link. Thank you and good luck to all Great North Runners!

1,124.32

raised towards 1,500.00 target

1124.32
1500.00

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Supporters

Oct 11, 2021

Sylvia

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Oct 10, 2021

Anonymous

Donation from Jocasta's friend, Caroline

10.00

Oct 10, 2021

Trish

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Oct 04, 2021

Elizabeth and Linda

10.00

Sep 26, 2021

Anonymous


Sep 23, 2021

Gill from TGC

Well done Karen and guides.

10.00

Sep 19, 2021

Sarah Huck and Family

Well done Karen and Jocasta!

10.00
(plus 2.50 giftaid)

Sep 19, 2021

julie spells

Heres the other half to your half. Very well done.Youve been amazing.

13.10
(plus 3.28 giftaid)

Sep 19, 2021

Jocelyn

Inspirational Karen.Enjoy your day

10.00
(plus 2.50 giftaid)

Sep 18, 2021

Jocasta Oliver

Following Ellie's lead & donating a 1 for every mile you'll cover in the 2 half marathons. Thank you for your company last week at the GNR & good luck in Bristol. You are an inspiration to us all & encourage me to run further than I ever would on my own.

26.20
(plus 6.55 giftaid)

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Total raised so far

1,124.32

Total plus Gift Aid 1,309.04

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