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Richard Wheatley

london marathon

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My story

[p]In April this year I will be running the London marathon, not just as a personal challenge, but to raise funds for a very worthwhile Charity called Look UK. Over the past 19 years, since I went blind, my family and I have been supported by a number of very special people and organisations.[/p][p]Look UK is very special because it supports children and teenagers from the moment they become blind or partially sighted, throughout their childhood and adolescence. However, Look UK does not limit themselves to the children but also supports and helps their parents and families through the quite literally dark and bewildering times that a loss of sight causes.[/p][p]Some children go blind very suddenly, like I did, while for others it is a long drawn out process of sight loss over many years. Both situations bring their own challenges, physical and psychological.[/p][p]Look UK supports these children, teenagers and their families in a number of different ways:[/p][p]They train blind and partially sighted young adults to be mentors and supporters. These mentors give practical and psychological support, as well as becoming role models and examples of hope to those who are nervous, uncertain about the future and are having to learn how to deal with new challenges on a daily basis. Mentees are also given support to hold awareness events at their own schools, giving their peers the opportunity to learn about visual impairment and promoting healthy understanding.[/p][p]Look UK also offers opportunities for young blind people to have fun and get together at family weekend events where children aged 11-18 and their families spent a weekend socialising and taking part in workshops such as self-advocacy, cooking skills and mobility. Meanwhile the parents are able to network and reach out to other people in the same bewildering boat.[/p][p]Look UK are also starting a new initiative this year with their employability road show, taking interactive workshops on interview skills, access to work and job searching around the country.[/p][p]I have always wanted to train and work as a mentor and have decided the first step is to raise as much money as I can to help LOOK UK in their vital work. Training for the London marathon is hard; not only pushing myself further and harder on the treadmill but running outside with a guide runner amongst people and bicyclists who share the roads and pavements with us. I am so used to being blind now, but all it takes is a new situation, with a little less control of my surroundings to remind me of how difficult it is learning and doing everyday activities with a sight loss.[/p]

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Supporters

11-Feb-2019

The Christie Family

Much love from Godmother Claire, Aidan, Hugh & Magdalen. Go Richard, go!

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

10-Feb-2019

Anonymous

Go for it Richard! Love G-Ls big and small

10-Feb-2019

Cliff and Shirley Cooper

Good luck Richard!

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

08-Feb-2019

James Ciara and the girls

Amazing challenge, you will love it and treasure the finish line. Good luck and train hard.

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

08-Feb-2019

M and D

Go Richard go!!!!! You are wonderful.

07-Feb-2019

Andrew Jones

Hard work ahead, Richard, but the London Marathon is such an inspiring day with tens of thousands running with you, all in a good cause, and many more encouraging you on.

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

06-Feb-2019

Anonymous

Courage, dear Richard and the best of luck in this great endeavour. Robert and Susie.

06-Feb-2019

Antonia

Bravo!!! you are an amazing lad - good luck! xxx

£100.00

05-Feb-2019

Justin

Good luck Richard - better you than me!

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

05-Feb-2019

Dominic Wheatley

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid