John Vickery is getting ready to run this year’s Virgin London Marathon, on Sunday 22nd April, to help raise vital funds for the company’s chosen charity, Parity for Disability. Parity is a local charity that provides essential services for young people and adults with multiple disabilities in Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire.
Taking up running ten years ago to get fit, John has accumulated plenty of medals for both 10k runs and half marathons, but this will be his first ever marathon.
Commenting on the upcoming event, John says: “I have been trying for some time to secure a place in the London Marathon, but hadn’t been successful until now. I am looking forward to the challenge of running this year and in aid of such a worthy cause, Parity for Disability, who are dedicated to transforming the lives of people that really need it. I have been committed to my training programme throughout the Christmas period and am currently at half marathon distance. Over the coming months and in the lead up to the marathon I will be entering uncharted territory, so any support would be hugely appreciated.”
Parity for Disability provides young people aged 18+ (called students) that have multiple disabilities with opportunities and support. Staff and facilities are equipped to meet the complex care and communication needs of the students, who take part in tailored learning and social activities both indoors and out. Originally providing their first service in a scout hut in 1991, the charity now runs three day centres in Camberley, Farnborough and Mytchett.
After visiting one of the charity centres and meeting some of the students over a year ago, Vickery named Parity for Disability as their charity partner.
To find out more about Parity for Disability and the work they do, please go to their website: www.parityfordisability.org.uk.
John set his fundraising target at £3,000, but is really hoping to exceed this amount. If you would like to help him raise money for this incredible charity, you can sponsor him by visiting: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JohnVickery1.