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Daniel, who’s 24 and lives in Peckham in London, signed up to raise funds for Sightsavers after his mother lost the sight in her left eye. “After a lot of hardship while we tried to get the right treatment, she finally received a cornea transplant on the NHS,” he says. “I was so amazed that all of this treatment was free and I wanted to do something for those not as fortunate as my mum, which is how I came across Sightsavers.”
Daniel is already well into his training for the marathon, which is on 26 April, and one of his friends who’s also a personal trainer is running with him. “It’s good to have someone else to push you and guide you,” he says. “I hope I can encourage others to sign up and help save more sight.”
Sightsavers’ Director of Individual Giving, Becki Jupp, says: “Running a marathon is no easy feat but raising money for charity is a great reason to dust off your trainers and get moving.”
The sign-up deadline is 6 February – if you fancy joining Daniel in getting fitter, taking on a challenge and transforming life for people in some of the world’s poorest countries, drop our fundraising team a line at [email protected] and they’ll help you tick one more item off your bucket list!
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