Marathon day approaches for Tom and pace adopt VICTA as their chosen charity for 2013!

Tuesday April 02 2013 02:27 PM

Sunday, April 21st is London Marathon day and after 6 months of training, several days bag-packing, organising cake sales and generally harassing the general public for sponsorship it will finally be time for me to deliver! Time to run 26.2 miles around London with 35,000 ‘team mates’ all running for their own chosen charitable causes. Mine is charity called VICTA - www.victa.org.uk which we at pace have adopted as our chosen charity for 2013 - fantastic news for my fundraising profile !!

My son Billy has nystagmus, a condition of involuntary eye movement which reduces his vision quite drastically, so VICTA seemed like the ideal charity to run for. My target is to raise £3000 for VICTA and I am well on the way already with £1530 already banked! It will certainly help to have that in mind when hitting ‘the wall’ at 22 miles….aaagghh the agony  !!

VICTA are a wonderful organisation, founded in 1987 by a group of parents who came together to support each other with the day to day issues of looking after a visually impaired child. They provided not only emotional support but teamed up to ensure the right education for their children. These children are now adults but the charity has continued with the original parents’s support. You may have heard of one of their patrons - food legend Michel Roux Junior. He has run the London Marathon many times over the years in support of VICTA, and has an annual running battle with Gordon Ramsay!

Support has also come from various local and national companies, including, Cadbury Garden and Leisure, Tesco, Alliance Homes and Specsavers, Scoozi restaurant and Scarletts Cafe, Tesco and Cadbury Garden and Leisure were particularly helpful, as they let me spend a day bag-packing at their stores with family and friends. This gave me a terrific boost towards my total with almost half of the money coming from this alone.

Training is going well, and I have just completed my final ‘long run’ before the ‘big one’, a 22 mile slog around Clevedon, Portishead and Kenn. It is time to taper down my training now, giving me more time for important fundraising!

Thanks for taking the time to read this and if you have got this far you can find some more information on my marathon fundraising page  www.virginmoneygiving.com/tomsharp where there is also an opportunity to (please) sponsor me if you would like to.

Wish me luck and thanks again


Author: Tom Sharp

Tags: Charity , Tom , Victa



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Created at Tuesday 02 April 2013 02:27

By Tom Sharp