On the 28th of April 2019, Rachel Efetha, our Chartered Financial Planner, will be running the Virgin Money London Marathon for Deafblind UK.
“I started off running a 5K and loved it, so when Deafblind UK asked if I’d be interested in running the Virgin Money, London Marathon, I was delighted. It’s such an iconic event so I couldn’t really say no. Also, I can’t imagine what it must be like to live with reduced hearing and eyesight so I really wanted to continue to support the work Deafblind UK do, to help people feel less lonely and isolated. People with deafblindness should be able to live the lives they want and that is what motivates me to train through the cold winter mornings!
The work of Deafblind UK.
Imagine a world where your sight is blurred and sounds are muffled, where everyday things like finding information, cooking, leaving the house, even talking to family and friends, are exhaustingly difficult.
Deafblindness is the loss of sight and hearing to the point where someone’s communication, mobility or ability to access information are impacted. Living with deafblindness can be frightening, lonely and confidence-draining. It often brings with it additional problems like mental processing issues and can quickly lead to feelings of isolation and depression.
For the past 90 years, Deafblind UK has been providing vital support to people who are deafblind, helping them to live the life they want.
There are nearly 400,000 people living with deafblindness in the UK today. Our ageing population means that this number is rising all the time.
How you can help Rachel and support Deafblind UK.
- £15 could provide a companion to drive a deafblind person to a social group.
- £30 could provide a companion to visit a deafblind person to have a day out.
- £45 could train a volunteer companion in Deafblind Manual to enable them to communicate with deafblind people at the social groups.
If you are able to support Rachel then her just giving page is-
Deafblind UK Registered charity number 802976.
Registered with the Fundraising Regulator.