Deafblind awarenessOur Chartered Financial Planner, Rachel Efetha has recently completed a 5 km Parkrun in Bedford wearing a blindfold and ear defenders.

The aim is to simulate being Deafblind and to raise awareness of the charity she is running the London Marathon for.

Rachel Efetha, Chartered Financial Planner said-

“I’m running the London Marathon for this worth while charity.  I am participating in the 5k in a blindfold and ear defenders to simulate being Deafblind (with an experienced guide) to create some publicity for this small charity.”

The work of Deafblind UK.

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 challenges. Like mental processing issues and can quickly lead to feelings of isolation and depression.

For over 90 years, the charity has been providing vital support to people who are deafblind. Helping them to live the life they want.

Presently, there are around 400,000 people living with deafblindness in the UK today. Due to an ageing population, this number is bound to rise.

How you can support Rachel

Furthermore, if you would like to find out more about Deafblind UK and to donate to Rachel’s charitable fundraising you can find out more here-

  • £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 communicating with deafblind people in social groups.

Running Marathon for Deafblind UKIf you are able to support Rachel then her just giving page is-

Deafblind UK Registered charity number 802976.

The charity is registered with the Fundraising Regulator.

Finally, we wish Rachel all the best for the Marathon and supporting our community work. Full details can be found on our community page on our website.