Are you a runner who could help a hearing charity for the deaf while taking part in the upcoming London Marathon?
2013’s London Marathon is set to take place next month on April 21st, covering a full distance of a little over 26 miles.
Hearing Dogs For Deaf People works to train dogs that can help people who are deaf by letting them know when certain sounds occur. The dogs’ other benefits include providing companionship and helping owners to be independent, according to the charity.
The organisation would like people who have a place in the London Marathon to think about becoming part of its team.
People who have got a ballot place for the run have also been encouraged to get in touch. The marathon entry period recently closed.
Novelty ears, a branded running vest and support pack are provided by the charity for those helping it by running.
It has asked runners wanting to offer their support to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Hannah Holmes via 01844 348 113.
The charity is offering tips and help to people on the subject of raising funds, and says that money raised this way will support it in training more dogs to help people who are deaf.
One famous face planning to take part in the Virgin London Marathon is runner Mo Farah, who picked up two gold medals during the London 2012 Olympics.
According to the Marathon's website, Mr Farah is due to take part in the race’s first half. His debut half marathon was the New York City half marathon, which he ran in 2011 and won.
"I will make my marathon debut in the 2014 London Marathon but will run the 2013 race to half way, as part of my preparation for 2014,” the runner explained.
When Mr Farah was younger, he participated in the London Mini Marathon; a race in which he claimed victory for three consecutive years.
London’s branch of Leightons HearingCare is based in Putney and provides hearing tests which can be booked online via our website.