Sib­lings take on char­ity chal­lenges

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TWO deaf sib­lings will be tack­ling sport chal­lenges to raise funds for hear­ing dogs.

Henri Toone, 17, will be tak­ing part in the Great North Run in Septem­ber and Pa­trick Toone, 15, will be cy­cling from Lon­don to Paris in July.

The brother and sis­ter are from Farn­ham Royal and their fa­ther will join them on their feats.

Henri said: “I have had [guide dog] Odi for eight years. She has helped me by giv­ing me more con­fi­dence and hav­ing her in my life has made me re­alise that not ev­ery­thing about be­ing deaf adds a neg­a­tive as­pect into my life. She wakes me up in the morn­ings and alerts me to the fire alarm.”

Be­sides run­ning the odd 5km Race for Life, Henri says she has not done any­thing like this be­fore.

The pair hope to raise £1,500 with their chal­lenges.

Their mother, Penny Toone, said: “I ran the Great North Run for Hear­ing Dogs seven years ago so I know the ef­fort they are both putting in at the same time as do­ing GCSEs and A-lev­els. “I couldn’t be prouder.” The pair have raised £893 so far.

To do­nate, go to their just­giv­ing page at https://www.just­giv­ing.com/odi­toone/.

Con­trib­uted

CHAL­LENGE: Pa­trick and Henri Toone

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