RESIDENTS from a supported living home in Hordle will join their carer for an alternative London Marathon in support of SignHealth, the Deaf health charity.
Nancy Weatherson was all set to take part in this year’s race through the capital in a bid to raise £1,700 for SignHealth, which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of Deaf people.
However, her entry has now been deferred to next year due to COVID-19 so she has pledged to complete her own 26.2-mile coastal route from Sandbanks, culminating on Milford village green on Sunday 4th October. Family and friends will join Nancy during various sections of the run and her partner, Jon Crouch from the Cave wine bar, is set to host an arrival drink for the participants on the village green. Jon and 7 year old Sam Crouch from Year 3 Durlston Court are set to navigate the way on their bicycles.
Nancy is a support worker for Achieve together Deaf Services, which is part of Achieve together, one of the UK’s largest support providers for people with learning disabilities and autism. She said: “I support nine disabled deaf adults in supported living – one of which is in a wheelchair and one needs a walker. “Amazingly all nine have said they would like to support me on the day and plan to join me on the last 5k before we finish on the green.
“There are 11-million deaf and hard-of-hearing people living in the UK. SignHealth are the only charity that provide Domestic Abuse support for Deaf people and IAPT compliant Psychological Therapy counselling service in British sign language.”
As Nancy has also pledged to take part in next year’s London Marathon, she has doubled her fundraising target from £1700 to £3400.
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