RSBC Youth Forum member, Charlotte, on running her first ever Marathon
Charlotte made her London marathon debut on Sunday, raising vital funds for national charity Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC). She put in a stellar performance, crossing the finish line in 5h 45 minutes and raising £2,500 for a charity close to her heart.
Speaking at the finish line, Charlotte said, “Being visually impaired myself and being a beneficiary of RSBC I really wanted to do something to give back which is why I thought of doing the marathon. I’m glad I’ve done it. I’ve raised money so RSBC can help other visually impaired young people like me. It’s a personal thing for me, so I know first-hand that the money I’ve raised will be put to good use.”
“Yes it was tough, with many peaks and troughs along the way, but the crowd were there to help get me through and the points where I saw my friends and family kept me going.”
“Everyone who cheered me on was my saviour. They were all at points where I was about to give up. Hearing someone cheering you on is what keeps you going.”
Charlotte’s own battle with sight loss began four years ago, when her vision started to deteriorate suddenly and rapidly, forcing her to give up on a promising career in nursing. RSBC have supported her to adjust to life since her diagnosis and have provided her with guidance around alternative career options.
Charlotte explains, “I lost my sight at university while I was studying nursing and working in a hospital. I absolutely loved it but I had to stop in a matter of days. It was just awful. I moved back home and thought I would never be able to work again.”
“Before I discovered the charity I was a quiet, unemployed and under-confident girl who didn’t know what to do with her life or how to deal with sudden sight loss. I feel like RSBC gave me a voice. I wouldn’t be where I am now without the skills they taught me.”
Fundraising Manager at RSBC, Liz said, “Charlotte has broken down many barriers in her life since losing her sight and she is a fantastic role model for any young person out there who is facing a similar challenge. We are extremely grateful to Charlotte for taking on such a monumental challenge and for all the money she has raised to help us to support blind and partially sighted children in England and Wales.”
If you’d like to run the 2019 London Marathon and raise money to support blind and partially sighted children and young people, please visit www.rsbc.org.uk/fundraising or fill in the form below.