Daniel Evans – Charity Run for Guide Dogs
Thousands of people compete in the London Marathon to raise money for great causes and we wish everyone doing the London Marathon this weekend the best of luck. However, our positive vibes will be with Dan the Man whom we are supporting.
Daniel Evans is a young man who is visually impaired but he is not the sort of person to let that stop him doing things. What’s truly inspiring about Daniel is his drive and selflessness to do things for others and running the London Marathon is taking that to a new level. Daniel acknowledges the benefits that guide dogs have to those around him who share a similar disability and this is his motivation!
About Guide Dog – The charity Daniel is supporting
The ability to get around is vital in order to live a full life yet thousands of blind and partially sighted people never leave home alone. Guide Dogs empowers visually impaired people to do that and relies totally on the support of the public to fund the guide dog service.
Guide Dogs breed and train guide dogs, providing life changing mobility and there are currently 4,500 working guide dog partnerships in the UK. The full lifetime cost of a guide dog from birth to retirement is £48,500. We will not rest until blind and partially sighted people can enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.
Spoken by Daniel Evans
I am visually impaired and going to be 30 when I do the marathon in April. This is going to be my second London marathon and probably my last. The first time I did it I was 26 stone in weight and didn’t do a lot of long training so it took me 9h 15mins to get around. I nearly gave up at 16 miles but managed to complete it. At the end I told my dad I wouldn’t do this again, what a rubbish liar I am!
This time I am 18 stone and hoping to do it under 6h. The reason why I put myself through this pain is so I can keep the weight off as the condition I have effects my weight. The way I keep it off is to do a lot of training so having something to aim for like the marathon keeps me motivated.
When I did the London marathon before I walked all the way round but this time I am hoping to run and walk around the course with the help of my guide Jonathan, without him I wouldn’t be able to do it.
I have a personal trainer who is visually impaired and has a guide dog and he enjoys putting me through the pain especially in the gym on the free weights. I have been using the treadmill a lot and doing a lot of miles on it over the last few months. I am also part of a disabled swimming club and swim for 2 hours a week, and to tell you the truth I am not a very good swimmer but I give it a go and the coach likes putting me through the pain. I love the challenge.
I also train in an able body athletics club with other disabled people and I do shotputt. You are probably wondering if I have time to do anything else well I do sometimes. So with all of this exercise I am doing I am hoping to be a lot fitter to get around the course this time.
As I am visually impaired I wanted to choose a charity that supported visually impaired people. Also in September my partner Anna was accepted for a guide dog called Emily, and Emily has really changed her life and has made her more independent. Without Emily I don’t think she would get out much or she would walk into into a lot of things. Also as I have said my personal trainer has a dog and so does my massage person so it was a “no brainer” to choose this charity considering the good it does.
Without the money raised, guide dogs would not be able to help people like Anna or my friends to get out and be independent. The charity also support them to feed the dogs and help them with there vets bill.
Guide Dogs – Charity Registration No. in England and Wales 209617 and Scotland SC038979
Phone: 0118 983 5555
Donate for Dan the Man
Please feel free to support Daniel and help him raise money for Guide Dogs. Simply click the just giving image below to be taken to his just giving page.