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Graeme Brookes

Graeme Brookes's fundraising page

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My story

[lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt][span=font-weight: normal;]Hello Ladies & Gents,[/span][/p][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt][span=font-weight: normal;]It’s about that time that I do something daft in my life and ask you please to generously donate some of your hard earned cash! Now, as Walsall aren’t going anywhere near Wembley anytime soon – there are no walks on the horizon, so I was wondered to myself ‘what I can do?’, then it hit me . . . .[/span][/p][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt][span=color: #ff0000; font-weight: normal;] [/span][span=font-weight: bold; color: #ff0000; font-size: 1.17em;]I am going to run the London Marathon![/span][/p][lt]h4[gt][i][span=font-weight: normal;]Yes, that’s right. I am going to run, jog, walk, limp & crawl the 26.2 miles on the 22[sup]nd[/sup] April 2018 and I am doing it all for a brilliant and very worthwhile cause . . . [/span][span=color: #ff0000;][b]The National Deaf Children’s Society.[/b][lt]br /[gt][/span][/i][lt]/h4[gt][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt][span=font-weight: normal;]As some of you may know – both my paternal grandparents were deaf and because of this I spent a lot of time at Walsall Deaf Club and around the deaf community in general. This has also led to me having a strong personal connection and affiliation to the deaf community. Additionally, when I was working in a children’s services capacity across the West Midlands, I came across young people who were deaf and the complete lack of support for them astounded me. Young people who were vulnerable and isolated more than usual and had very little support, other children who simply weren’t afforded the same opportunities of their peers because they couldn’t be heard or spoken to. It was heart breaking.[lt]br /[gt][/span][/p][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt][span=font-weight: normal;]It was here I heard of the superb work of the National Deaf Children’s Society and I felt they were the perfect charity to run for and raise essential funds for. I am over the moon they agreed and now I am on a mission to raise as much money for them as possible. The support they provide ranges from supporting new-borns to those entering adulthood, supporting parents, supporting professionals working with the deaf, providing online resources, holding free events for children and adults and so much more - I am sure you agree it is a very worthwhile cause. [/span][span=font-weight: normal;][i][b][lt]span style="color: #ff0000;"[gt]Any donation you can make would be greatly appreciated and would be a great help.[/span][/b][/i][lt]br /[gt][lt]/span[gt][/p][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt][span=font-weight: normal;]I don’t want to dominate your time, so I will leave some stats at the bottom of this blurb for you to read at your discretion. Additionally, you can hover over the charity logo on your left and it will give you more information.[lt]br /[gt][/span][/p][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt][span=font-weight: normal;]On a personal note – In September 2016, I would have barely made it up the stairs without being out of breath let alone run 26.2 miles. Since then I have lost nearly 8 stone and the idea of completing the London Marathon is a big and personal achievement. I have completed a few half marathon’s, which is grand but to do double that in one run . . . . Well, I would be a liar if I said it didn’t scare me slightly! Especially as I only started running more than 5k (3.1 miles) and outdoors in June ‘17!  [lt]br /[gt][/span][/p][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt][span=font-weight: normal;]I intend to blog about the training and build up going forward – which will be essentially a diary of my moaning about my poorly legs, how many blisters I have accrued, the potential injuries as they develop, me begging you for money and embarrassing exploits of me suddenly needing the loo during a jog and having a sneak into a pub toilet without them looking! I bet you can’t wait![lt]br /[gt][/span][/p][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt][span=font-weight: normal;]Anyway, that’s that. Please do give as much as you can to an amazing cause and I give you my word I will do you proud and meet my end of the bargain by completing the 26.2 miles of the London Marathon on 22[sup]nd[/sup] April, 2018. Pinky swear.[lt]br /[gt][/span][/p][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt][span=font-weight: normal;]Thanks for stopping by (and Stay Classy).[lt]br /[gt][/span][/p][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt][span=font-weight: normal;]Lots of Love[lt]br /[gt][/span][/p][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt][span=font-weight: normal;]Graeme. x[/span][/p][p]------------------------------[/p] [lt]p style="text-align: center;"[gt][span=color: #ff0000;]Info from National Deaf Childrens Society (www.ndcs.org.uk)[/span][/p][lt]p style="text-align: justify;"[gt][/p][ul][li]There are over 45,000 deaf children living in the UK.[/li][/ul][ul][li]90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents with little or no experience of deafness or knowledge of how to communicate with a deaf person.[/li][/ul][ul][li]Four babies are born deaf every day.[/li][/ul][ul][li]40% of deaf children have additional needs.[/li][/ul][ul][li]57% of deaf children failed to achieve 5 GCSEs (including English and Maths) at grades A* to C in 2013, compared to 30% of other children.[/li][/ul][ul][li]Without the right support, deaf children and young people are vulnerable to isolation, abuse, bullying, poor self-esteem and low levels of achievement.[/li][/ul][ul][li]Research suggests that more than 77% of school-aged deaf children in the UK attend mainstream schools where is no specialist provision and in which they may be the only deaf child enrolled.[/li][/ul][ul][li]Deafness is not a learning disability. There is no reason why the majority of deaf children should achieve any less than hearing children.[/li][/ul][ul][li]Deaf children need to be able to communicate effectively, access information and influence the world around them by any appropriate method whether through sign language, oral communication or a combination of approaches.[/li][/ul]

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2018 Virgin Money London Marathon

2018 Virgin Money London Marathon

22 Apr 2018


National Deaf Children's Society

National Deaf Children's Society



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The Cough

Mandem, smashed it!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid



Better late than never..proud of you bab xx

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Tori Brazier

Apologies for my tardiness, but huge congratulations on running the marathon (and smashing your fundraising target!) x



Barrie Holden

Well done Graeme and in the hottest marathon too! Aunty Villy and Uncle Ronnie would be so proud of you, we are!!! Very best wishes and congratulations, cousin Barrie.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid



Monies donated from - Ida Bentley, Graham Daphne (RSC) and Harris.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid



Forever my hero! Well done Graeme!

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Katherine Jones

Waaaaah, sorry I'm late!! You kicked that Marathon's butt!! Well done lovely my lovely xx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Sarah Jenkins

Well done lovely!! Super proud of you!!

£26.20 plus £6.55 Gift Aid



Congratulations Graeme from The Gleeson Family. X x

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