A 26-year-old whose mother is deaf has decided to run the London Marathon in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
After visiting the charity’s headquarters, Brian Giddens of Fircroft, Grantham was so impressed he decided he wanted to raise money and awareness for the cause.
“I first heard of this charity around eight months ago and my reaction was the same as a lot of people’s, in the respect that they had never heard of the charity itself or that dogs can help change a deaf person’s life just like they do for a blind person,” explained Brian.
“I visited the headquarters for an open day and saw all of the hard work that goes into training a young puppy into a fully fledged hearing dog.” He also knows how the family’s own dog has helped his mum. “Although our dog Louis is not a trained hearing dog he is very protective of her.” he added.
Running the London Marathon is a ‘life-long dream’ of Brian’s, and after eight years entering the ballot this year he struck lucky and got a place.
For more details on the charity visit www.hearingdogs.org.uk
To sponsor Brian go to www.justgiving.com/briangiddensmarathon