Posts Tagged 'National Deaf Children’s Society'

250km across the Gobi desert for NDCS

Mike Hancock2

In 3 years, Mike has gone from being a self proclaimed “overweight non-runner“, to a multiple marathon runner, to running 250km in 7 days across the Gobi desert – finishing 10th out of 160 competitors, fundraising for the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS). He is today’s #FundraiserFriday star.

Having already completed two marathons – in Paris and Warsaw – and two half-marathons, Mike decided he wanted to really push himself to the limit in order to raise money for NDCS, and so started training five times a week in preparation for the Gobi Desert Challenge.  He says “The idea was to enter an event that I didn’t think was possible and see if I could do it.

The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people. They point out “Deaf children can do anything other children can do, given early diagnosis and the right support from the startDeaf children should be valued by society and have the same opportunities as any other child.

Mike says NDCS has been “a lifeline” to his niece, Emily. He tells us “Emily has been deaf since she was two-and-a-half and eventually lost her hearing completely.  She received Bilateral Cochlear Implants and when they were switched on, Emily heard sound for the first time in almost nine months, which was amazing.  NDCS has been a fantastic source of help to the family so I wanted to do something to support the work they do across the UK with deaf children and their families. The charity fundraising added a different element to the event for me and everyone has been so generous in their donations.

The challenge itself was an incredibly strenuous one, with Mike running an average of 36km per day, at one point running 80km in one day, surviving on 2200 calories of freeze dried food, despite burning 3000-4000 calories per day. Mike tells us he craved fresh food and everything cold. “Everything in the desert is hot, including the water you get, so it was pretty hard to take after a while. When we finished Saturday morning, we headed to the hotel breakfast buffet and piled all sorts of food onto our plates. It was amazing to have the freedom to choose food again after living on rations for a week. It really makes you appreciate food“.

Mike concludes “It’s one of those events that once you start, you just need to get to the end at all costs. I thought about Emily and the way she deals with her disability on a daily basis. It’s like she has no disability. If she can do that, then a wee run through the desert should be nothing to complain about.

It’s not too late to donate to Mike’s cause, you can do so via his Virgin Money Giving page.

Richard is Shaun the Sheep

Richard Warren 2

Nine-year-old Daniel, from Farsley, thought that his father Richard’s mammoth charity cycle ride needed a little boost, and so has urged his dad to undertake the challenge dressed as Shaun the Sheep. As the first baby in Leeds to be diagnosed with Auditory Neuropathy, Daniel has received support throughout his life from the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), and now his dad is supporting them in return via his 800km cycle ride.

Richard is taking part in Nightrider™ – an incredibly unique 100km overnight ride through the streets of London. Not content with just the 100km, Richard will also cycle there and back from Leeds clocking up an impressive 800km in total.

The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people. They point out “Deaf children can do anything other children can do, given early diagnosis and the right support from the startDeaf children should be valued by society and have the same opportunities as any other child.

Richard’s challenge is even more impressive given he is not a seasoned cyclist.  He says:  “The challenge is very tough and even more so when you consider I’ve only been riding a road bike for a year and maybe a few months before that commuting on a mountain bike.  Prior to cycling, I’ve never done anything athletic and do get asthma”. 

He has these words of encouragement for anyone else thinking of taking part in Nightrider™: “If you’re worried about the distance, you will be amazed at what you can achieve if you just try it.  I used to think that 10 miles was a long way….a few months after that I was doing 30 miles then a few months after that I did my first 100 mile ride”.

Nightrider™ takes place on 6th and 7th June 2015.  While the capital sleeps, over 4,000 cyclists will ride through the night and raise £2 million for hundreds of charities. Highlights of the event include Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Royal Opera House and the London Eye.

You can find more information on Nightrider™here.

Richard is hoping to raise £4000 from his 800km Leeds to London and Nightrider™ challenge and you can support him via his Virgin Money Giving page.

Our third Dream Marathon winner

ramyWe are delighted to announce our third Dream Marathon winner, Ramy Soliman! Ramy has won a dream Virgin Money London Marathon experience including £100 of Adidas kit, two nights in Central London, upgrade to the Green Start and entry to Virgin Money’s after-party.

Ramy is running the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for the National Deaf Children’s Society after his daughter Sophia, born prematurely in April last year, was diagnosed with Audiotory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder which caused profound hearing loss.

Sophia now has been fitted with hearing aids and Ramy says “my wife and I are trying to make sure that Sophia has the best chance to make the most of the hearing ability she has. Hearing loss in children is extremely debilatating, particularly those diagnosed at a very young age, and can cause delays in learning, speech and language development. Through the excellent work of the NDCS, the support network was there from the start to help children and their parents. With their help, they are improving the lives of every deaf child (including Sophia) and for that reason, I will be running to raise money for this fantastic cause.”

You can show your support and help Ramy achieve his fundraising target via his Virgin Money Giving page.


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