Deafblind UK’s CEO, Jeff Skipp, yesterday completed the London Marathon in less than four hours, just six months after he started running.
Jeff took part in the marathon to raise money for Deafblind UK, a national charity that campaigns to give people with a combined sight and hearing loss the same rights, access and opportunities as others. The decision was made in a ‘moment of madness’, following a challenge made by Wally Carson, his account manager at telecoms provider Viracom. The pair, along with three others all running for Deafblind UK, began a tough regime of running increasing distances and getting marathon fit.
Jeff said: “Apart from very sore feet, I am healthier now than I have been for some years and so proud of both myself and the guys I ran with for completing the marathon. We have already raised nearly £4,000 for Deafblind UK, which is just fantastic and we expect the final total to be much higher by the deadline on 28th June. I’m very grateful to everyone who has sponsored me to date – and very relieved that the race is now over”.
Fundraising provides Deafblind UK with a critical source of income, enabling the charity to extend and enhance its wide range of services to support even more people with a combined sight and hearing loss to live independent lives.
To make a donation, please go to Jeff’s Virgin Money page at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JeffreySkipp