Mark Brooks

Mark Brooks

Virtual Virgin Money London Marathon 2021

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Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]My great uncle, Samuel James Brooks was eight years old when he was admitted in August 1889 to the School for the Indigent Blind at St. George’s Circus, Southwark. The degree of his blindness is sadly unknown. In 1902 the school moved to new buildings in 15 acres at Highlands Road, Leatherhead. In May of that year he was awarded a medal for an unknown achievement. All pupils were taught a trade and Samuel obviously excelled at music because in 1907 he became a member of the Royal College of Organists. The following year he contracted Tuberculosis which necessitated periods of treatment at Mount Vernon Hospital – this disease would eventually prove fatal. On the 19th January 1909 Samuel was made an associate of the Royal School of Organists and later that year was appointed organist and choirmaster of the temporary Oxshott Parish Church. Samuel is sat on the left of the minister in the photograph. After a prolonged illness he died aged just 28 in 1910 at his home in Oxshott. A tablet was erected in his memory when a permanent church was erected in 1912. Despite his disability Samuel would regularly visit his parents at Oakley, Buckinghamshire. He also stayed with his mother’s relations in Bermondsey.[/p][p]Times change and the main school building at Leatherhead is now private flats. In more recent years, the charity has concentrated on providing accommodation and training for blind people who also have other physical or learning disabilities. In 1995 it expanded its services in community-based settings helping people in their own homes. The charity changed its name to SeeAbility in June 1994, and adopted the ethos, “Seeing beyond disability.” [/p][p]The school cared for my great uncle and nurtured him, taught him his life skills and introduced him to music. I am so grateful for the huge contribute the school made to his short life that I wish to help SeeAbility continue to support those who need their help. Therefore I have decided to run the Virtual London Marathon on Sunday 3rd October 2021 to raise money for SeeAbility. The route will take me from Fareham Methodist Church to Portchester Castle, Hilsea Lido, the Gosport Ferry, Haslar, Lee-on-the-Solent, Titchfield Haven to Highlands, Fareham.[/p][p]I have been a member of the Fareham Running Club since 2014. Until lockdown I usually competed in a couple of local races each month. As well as running for pleasure and general well being I find that it benefits my asthma and improves my mental health. [/p][p]I come from a running family, my grandfather ran for his county, my mother ran for her school, my children run and so do my sisters. Also several nephews and nieces will occasionally join me at races. [/p][p]I hope that you can sponsor me and help me raise money for SeeAbility which does such good work for those who need help to live in the community.[/p]
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Oct 23, 2021

Winchester University Staff and Students

£5.36


Oct 18, 2021

Joan

£20.00


Oct 18, 2021

Anonymous

£20.00


Oct 14, 2021

Vic and Janice


Oct 12, 2021

Jenny Chalmers

Well done Mark. I was thinking of you whilst you were running your marathon. A great effort made by you to support a very worthy cause.

£30.00


Oct 9, 2021

Liz H

Well done, Mark!

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Oct 8, 2021

Julie

£20.00


Oct 8, 2021

Anonymous


Oct 7, 2021

Alex L-G

Well done Mark

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Oct 7, 2021

Alison

£10.00

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