A former Hartismere School student says preparations for his second London Marathon excursion are inspired by a charity which helps visually impaired youngsters.
Conrad Allum, 25, originally from Thwaite and now living in London, will embark on the 26-mile endurance run on April 24, with the goal of raising £1,500 for Visually Impaired Children Taking Action (VICTA), a foundation which offers grants and workshops to benefit children with sight problems and their families.
Mr Allum, who previously raised almost £1,250 for the charity from the 2009 marathon, told the Diss Express: “I am so happy to be able to help VICTA continue their fantastic work, especially knowing they support children here in Norfolk and Suffolk.
“I was really engaged in the work they do to give children confidence and skills, and making sure they have opportunities and aren’t held back.”
He has now commenced an ‘intense’ 16-week training programme to prepare for the run, and will begin fundraising with a Chocolate Bingo Evening at Roydon Village Hall on Saturday, January 30.
Mr Allum also praised the local support so far, having already raised more than £250 towards his initial target.
To pledge a donation, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ConradRuns
For more about the charity, see www.victa.org.uk