Deafblind UK member tackles Great Manchester Run to raise awareness of sight and hearing loss

Helen and Alice

Helen who is deafblind, will be running the 10km Great Manchester Run on 19th May, raising money for Deafblind UK and showing that sight and hearing loss doesn’t have to stop you achieving your ambitions.

Although Helen regularly runs at her local Parkrun, she has not tackled a longer distance before. She said: “I am doing my first 10km race just before my 60th birthday. Never in a million years did I think I would be doing this as I am deafblind.”

Helen has Usher Syndrome which affects both sight and hearing. “I wear one hearing aid in my right ear and was successfully fitted with a cochlear implant in my left ear about 10 years ago. Without these, I am unable to hear at all. My sight is now not good enough to be very helpful or useful, which has forced me to make many basic changes throughout my life.” She said.

Helen will be running the Great Manchester Run with her guide runner, Alice. She has been asking for sponsorship to raise money for national charity Deafblind UK, which has supported her to come to terms with her sight and hearing loss. She said: “I would be so grateful if you would consider giving as it is an area that doesn’t get much attention and in this very fast-paced world.”

To support Helen in her epic challenge, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/helen-browne24

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