Going the extra miles: Clapham man to take on London Marathon for the National Deaf Children’s Society
Clapham resident Tom Wilkins is among the 40-plus runners who will take on the legendary London Marathon in support of the National Deaf Children’s Society on Sunday, 28th April.
The charity, which supports the UK’s 50,000 deaf children, will benefit to the tune of nearly £80,000 thanks to the fundraising efforts of the group.
Tom will follow the famous 26.2 mile course, starting in Greenwich Park and finishing on the Mall, and will be spurred on by staff and supporters at the charity’s Tower Bridge and Westminster cheer points.
Tom lives in Clapham and works as a design engineer in Central London. He was inspired to run for the National Deaf Children’s Society by his sister, Kathryn, who is profoundly deaf and, according to Tom, has ‘benefitted hugely’ from the support of the National Deaf Children’s Society.
“I chose the National Deaf Children’s Society as I’ve witnessed at first hand the effect that their work has on a deaf child, more specifically a close member of my family.
“Having attended a few social events and watching my sister interact with like-minded individuals I saw the National Deaf Children’s Society provide her with confidence and a feeling of belonging.
“I’d like to raise as much money as possible so that more deaf children can benefit in the same way, and lead a complete and happy life.”
John Larkin, of the National Deaf Children’s Society’s Events Fundraising Team, said:
“I want to say a huge thank you to Tom and all our wonderful runners in this event. We’re very proud of you. It’s through selfless supporters like Tom that we’re able to keep on doing what we do, supporting deaf children and their families across the UK, now and into the future.”