A physiotherapist from Cardiff is to take on the Great North Run (GNR) next month, raising money for the military charity that supported his grandfather after he lost his sight.
37-year-old Andrew Pratt completed a number of GNRs in his twenties but hasn’t attempted one for over 11 years. After his grandfather passed away in May, he was inspired to put on his running shoes and fundraise for Blind Veterans UK.
“My grandfather was gradually losing his sight for 10 years and in the last few years he started to really struggle. Luckily Blind Veterans UK were there to step in and provide support so he could continue to live his best life.
“Before sight loss he had enjoyed reading throughout his life, it was a major thing for him. Blind Veterans UK provided him with the equipment so he could continue to enjoy audio books. He also loved his stays at their Llandudno rehabilitation centre where everything was perfectly set up for someone with sight loss.
“When he passed away I knew I wanted to give back to the charity in some way and initially considered a donation. But then I realised I could give more by taking on a challenge. My grandfather was from the North East so the GNR seemed appropriate.
“My fitness has slipped in the last couple of years so it is definitely going to be a challenge, but I’m confident I’ll be able to finish it, especially with the amazing support of the GNR crowd.
“It’ll be an amazing feeling getting over the finish line and knowing that I’ve done something to help veterans who are going through the same thing as my grandfather. In my work as a physio I support a lot of elderly people who are losing their sight so I understand how restrictive and lonely it can be. I know the charity will put the money to good work changing lives for the better.”
Andrew has made £861 towards his £1,000 goal. To help him hit his target please visit his Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andrew-pratt11