Liveryman Adrian Theed is taking part in the Goppin Challenge, a kind of extreme mud run, on 24th May to raise funds for the Royal London Society for the Blind.
It’s not just a walk in the woods. It includes a climb of around 3,000 ft and covers 8 miles of rough terrain. Within 200 meters of the start line he will be crossing a lake at neck depth, then he will running through bogs, crawling through mud, climbing a slippery water fall, scaling a burning wood heap . . . and then there are the tunnels!
Adrian is no stranger to challenging runs, having previously completed the Black Death Challenge, a run he described as ‘more vertical than horizontal’. He is supporting a Cordwainer charity that focuses on education for blind children, the Royal London Society for the Blind. Please encourage him and suport this wonderful cause via his JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/AdrianTheed2015
You may be forgiven for thinking that the worst thing about being blind is not being able to see. But the RLSB know that there is a hard reality to childhood sight loss that is little known to the public.
- 1 in 4 blind and partially sighted children under 12 are depressed
- 40% of blind children don’t have neighborhood friends to play with
- 90% who lose their sight in youth won’t work for more than 6 months in their lives
- 2/3 of blind and partially sighted people are on the poverty line
It’s not good enough that this is still the case in 21st century Britain and the Cordwainers, led by Adrian, are raising funds to help out.