My place in the 2021 London Marathon has now officially been confirmed! I don’t seem to be able to change the title of my fundraising page but I will keep collecting much needed donations here for VAO. Here we go again...!!!! :-)

We have another twist in the tale! October 4th cannot now take place in London - but it CAN happen virtually in Heckington! I am going to run 24 times “round the block” and am hopefully enlisting 24 friends to join me for each lap - otherwise I really don’t think I would make it! We will all get medals, homemade cake and a drink and I will also hold a raffle to raise more funds for VAO :-)

As you may know the marathon has been rescheduled for Sunday October 4th - as long as it is going ahead I will be there!!!! I plan to keep running about 4 times a week over the summer, including a longer run on back roads (away from other human life!) of 10-13 miles, before upping my miles again a few months before. To raise more for VAO my husband Rob has agreed to let our 7 year old, Matilda, shave his head for her Brownies Charities badge - I will also donate £100 to NHS Charities together.

When I was lucky enough to be given a ballot place in the 2020 London Marathon my first thought was “no way - get in!”, my second thought was “oh no, I have to do all the winter training again” and my third was “at least I don’t have to stress about the fundraising this year”.....! Well, guess what? I’m not going to waste this opportunity to help raise funds for another worthy charity!!

It was a no-brainer who to choose. I have connections with Vision Aid Overseas already because we collect old spectacles in our practices for them, which they recycle to generate an income to fund their charitable activities in developing countries. Wigram and Ware is also part of the Hakim Group who has pledged to raise £100,000 for VAO - so let’s see if we can get this appeal a bit closer to that target!

Thank you so much for any amount you can donate, big or small.

Sarah x

Founded in 1985, Vision Aid Overseas has been helping some of the world’s poorest people to see clearly for over 30 years. Whether you are a teacher in Ghana, a seamstress in Zambia or a school pupil in Ethiopia, poor eye sight can have a devastating impact on your life and livelihood.

• 1.2 billion people worldwide can’t see properly simply because they need glasses
• 12 million children worldwide struggle to learn simply because they need glasses
• 55% of visually impaired people are women
• 89% of visually impaired people live in low and middle-income countries
• 75% of all visual impairment is preventable or curable
• $200 billion worth of productivity is lost every year because so many people do not have the glasses they need to see clearly Sarah Baldock