Patrick Coughlan will be bravely tackling this weekend’s Virgin London Marathon to help deafblind people like his own Uncle, Matthew.
Patrick, a keen runner from Romford, described how his Uncle Matthew, lives with no hearing and very little sight. “He was born completely deaf and lost most of his sight when he was just two years old. Matthew now has just 10% of his sight left and has tunnel vision which makes it extremely difficult for him to communicate.”
Having seen how cruel this condition is for Matthew, Patrick decided to do something to help make a difference to other people with sight and hearing loss – so he set himself the ultimate challenge and entered the London Marathon to raise money for Deafblind UK. “I know the difference that Deafblind UK has made to Uncle Matthew’s life. It is such a good cause. Matthew is so proud that I am running the Marathon and that I am doing it for Deafblind UK.” He continued.
Despite this being Patrick’s second marathon, he is still feeling the pressure. “My main challenge on the day will be to try to keep to my own pace and not get distracted by all the fancy dress outfits!” But he also has another reason to get around the course quickly; “I’m hoping and praying that my first born doesn’t decide to arrive on Marathon day – otherwise I’ll have to run the marathon extra fast to get to the hospital!”
The 25 year old has already raised over £1,700 for Deafblind UK through sponsorship and by organising a charity auction. This will go a long way towards helping other people like Matthew who are living with this isolating condition.
To support Patrick go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/patrickcoughlan