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Why I’m running the London Marathon for Deafblind UK – Wouter’s Story


Wouter Van Rijn, a Senior Marketing Executive from Peterborough, will be running this weekend’s London Marathon for Deafblind UK. Wouter said: “I believe it is important to add value to our society by helping other people and supporting them to get the most out of themselves and for them to enjoy life to the fullest. Being able to raise funds for Deafblind UK together with achieving a lifelong goal of running the London Marathon is a dream come true!”

Despite Wouter accomplishing a half marathon in the past, the London Marathon will be the first time that he has tackled the full 26.2 miles, but he is not put off. He said: “Training for the marathon takes a lot of time, so I try to run 7 to 15 kilo-meters during my lunch breaks on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at the weekend I run longer distances. My main challenge on race day will be to hold my excitement and not to start too quickly!”

Deafblind UK supports people like Agnes, who is is registered blind and suffers from partial hearing loss. By attending her local Deafblind UK social group and meeting with a digital volunteer, she has learned how to send emails, make a Skype call and even use Google Earth to locate her sister’s house in the Guyana. Agnes said: “At times in the past, my loss of sight and isolation has made me feel a prisoner in my own home but getting out to clubs like this gives me an independence that I really value.”

25 year old Wouter has set up a ‘tuck shop’ to sell cakes and sweets to his colleagues at work, as well as asking friends and family for sponsorship. His employer, Peterborough based BGL Group has kindly agreed to match whatever he raises, meaning that he has already made nearly £2,000 for Deafblind UK.

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