Clevedon dad looking for running mates for the London Marathon

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By Carol_Deacon | Monday, January 14, 2013, 08:58

With a target of £2,000 for his London Marathon run North Somerset dad Tom Sharp is on the final lap of his fundraising.

But the charity he is running for has space for more runners to compete in its major fundraising event.

Tom who is running the marathon for children's charity VICTA -Visually Impaired Children Taking Action has already 'banked' more than £1,000.

A VICTA spokesman said: "We currently have spaces left for the 2013 Virgin London Marathon.

"If anyone would like to enter please call the Marathon Team on 01908 240831."

The cut-off date is early February.

Tom, aged 35, works for pace at Clevedon as a graphic designer will be in London on Sunday, April 21, for his epic race around the capital.

Meanwhile he is busy training and shifting the festive flab!

Tom said: "The fundraising is going amazingly well though - up to £1133.70.

"Keep up the good work peeps and get on to - that's where it's at."

Tom raised £518.70 from his bag packing day at Tesco at Clevedon and on Sunday, February 17, he will be doing a similar service for shoppers at Cadbury Garden Centre, Congresbury.

Tom is married to Weston primary school teacher Jo, 38, and the couple have three children – Lauren, aged 11, Daisy, seven, and four-year-old Billy who is partially sighted.

The fundraising is also being supported by Specsavers which has branches in Clevedon, Nailsea, Portishead and Weston.

The company has a collecting box which is on the counter at 7 The Triangle, Clevedon, where Billy and the rest of the family go for their glasses.

Tom started running for charity 10 years ago and has raised money for Bristol Children's Hospital, Clic and more recently the Sue Ryder Hospice at Moggerhanger which supported his late father Michael in his final days.

The first race Tom entered was the multi-terrain Tough Ten at Weston-super-Mare and he has completed seven or eight different long-distance runs since then.

More recently he took part in the Bristol half marathon and has just signed up for the 2013 Tough Ten on Sunday, February 24.

Tom is appealing for sponsorship and support from family, friends, local businesses and sporting clubs and well as others to join in the race.

Some have already pledged their help including Tom's company pace, several members of staff at Alliance Homes and Petros Charalambous, of Clevedon's Scoozi Restaurant.

The 2012 Virgin London Marathon raised a record £52.8 million for charity and brings the total raised for hundreds of charitable causes since the race began in 1981 to £610.7 million.

There were a record 36,705 London Marathon finishers in 2012 with 74 per cent of these running for charities.

VICTA was founded in 1987 by parents of blind and partially sighted children and has grown to a national service for all families with a visually impaired child.

It is estimated that there are more 25,000 blind and partially sighted children and young people in the UK today.

VICTA's mission is to do its best to enable visually impaired children and young people to take action to make the most of their lives.

VICTA has grown and developed since being founded by parents 1987 and now works with research agencies and gives grants towards educational equipment for its youngsters.

You can find out more about its work by visiting its website by clicking HERE.

To sponsor Tom click HERE.



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