Blind veteran’s granddaughter to run London Marathon

Date
06 April 2017 16:00

A woman from West Yorkshire is set to run the London Marathon for our charity to say thank you for the support we provided to her grandfather.

Photo of Kate Foster wearing a Blind Veterans UK training vest
Kate Foster, 28 and now living in London, is running on behalf of our charity after her grandfather, Eric, was provided with the means and confidence to lead a prosperous and independent life, despite his complete sight loss.

She explains: 

"My grandfather, Eric, was blinded in World War II while fighting in Africa. They showed him that there is life beyond sight loss and helped him become a fantastic physiotherapist. He actually went on to set up the physio department at Barnsley District Hospital, as well as a private practice at home where I remember he used to treat my Dad for rugby injuries!"

She continues: “Throughout his career the charity helped him in his role as a physiotherapist by providing specialist training and equipment. They were just fantastic!”

For Kate, the prospect of the challenge of running a marathon was always going to be hard to ignore. She says: “I always knew I wanted to run a marathon and I always wanted to do it for a good cause. I watched a TV show on Gareth Malone’s choir for the Invictus Games and, by chance, there was one gentleman who’d received support from Blind Veterans UK. I took it as a sign that it’d have to be Blind Veterans UK that I’d run in support of!”

Kate, who is an Assurance Manager at PWC in their Entertainment and Media sector, is understandably nervous at the momentous task that lies ahead, but remains keen to soak up as much of the event and its celebrated atmosphere as possible. She explains: “I feel nervous because, if I’m honest, I don’t really enjoy running long distances! But I feel proud of myself for doing it and I can’t wait to see the crowds on the day. Knowing I have friends and family who are there and cheering me on around the course will be incredible.”

Photo of Kate Foster with her grandfather, Eric, a blind veteran

After organising and hosting a charity quiz, which was attended by over 100 people and raised north of £600, Kate is confident of reaching her fundraising target of £2,000. With everything coming together nicely ahead of the big day, Kate is keen to encourage others to take a similar philanthropic leap. She says: “Whatever it is you’re hoping to achieve, whether it’s a marathon, a trek or a bike ride, I’d say just go for it. The furthest I could run before I started training was two miles, and so I never thought I’d be able to complete a full marathon! Raising money for charity makes it even more worthwhile, so I’d say just take the plunge and go for it!”

You can support Kate as she prepares to take on the London Marathon for our charity by visiting www.justgiving.com/fundraising/KatesMarathon2017.