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Marathon man’s effort for talking newspaper
FUNDRAISER Nigel Arthur is stepping out for the South West Dorset Talking Newspaper in this year’s London Marathon – in his 63rd race.
He decided to help the charity for people who are blind and visually impaired after nearly losing the sight in one eye.
Nigel will be tackling the long distance run in London or the South West Dorset Talking Newspapers (SWDTN).
Nigel said: “I have run over 60 marathons and, at the age of 61, am still an active participant.
“I was lucky enough to be chosen for this year’s London Marathon and this will be my 63rd race.
“I have a personal reason for helping South West Dorset Talking Newspaper. Following an accident at work, I almost lost vision in one eye.
“I was relieved to find out that, after an operation, my sight returned, but I have never forgotten that I had the threat of blindness hanging over me.
“I appreciate the lifeline that SWDTN can provide for people with a visual impairment.
They help to keep them in touch with all the local news and events.
“The charity is run by volunteers and any money raised will help SWDTN pay for much-needed equipment and resources.”
The South West Dorset Talking Newspaper provides a weekly news and magazine service to the visually impaired. Much of its news is read from the Dorset Echo.
Spokesman Eleanor Smith said that the charity was very grateful to Nigel for taking part in the marathon on its behalf.
The Virgin-sponsored London Marathon is being held on April 21.
Paralympic legend David Weir will be among the entrant this year.
More than 35,000 people are expected to take part this year.
Visit Nigel’s Just Giving page to sponsor him at Justgiving.com/ Nigel-Arthur Get in touch with the Dorset Echo by calling 01305 830999 or email email@example.com if you are running in the London Marathon.