Former 18-stone doctor is inspiring his patients
A CHESHAM GP is taking on the gruelling 26.2 miles at the London Marathon this weekend in aid of UK charity Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID), inspired by his sister who is profoundly deaf.
Dr Kaiser Munir, 34, from Chartridge Lane, Chesham, is gearing up to run the marathon on Sunday in support of the charity which has helped his older sister by providing vital support throughout her life.
Dr Munir said: “When I had to consider charities to support during the London Marathon, Action on Hearing Loss was an obvious choice as I have witnessed first-hand the difficulties and discrimination my sister has had to overcome. The charity helped to provide equipment, interpreters and support that contributed to her obtaining a computer science degree, making her one of the first deaf graduates in the country so I want to give something back and support them in some way.”
Dr Munir is a partner at Haddenham Medical Centre and thanks to learning British Sign Language (BSL) from a young age, he can consult with deaf patients in the language, easing the difficulties they can often face in accessing good quality healthcare.
He is hoping to raise £2,000 for the charity, which provides support and care in communities and campaigns for equality for the one in six people affected by some form of hearing loss across the UK.
Dr Munir added: “I am both nervous and excited about the challenge ahead. I have never been a keen runner; in fact I was an unfit, heavy, 18 stone GP until three years ago when I took action to get fitter. I am now a more confident runner having taken part in a few half-marathons but this will be my first full marathon so it is still a daunting prospect. Many of my patients say they are inspired by my fitness and I want to make them proud.”
Action on Hearing Loss’ executive director of fundraising and marketing David Steadman said: “We’re incredibly grateful that Kaiser is going above and beyond to raise money towards our life-changing work supporting the one in six people across the UK who are affected by hearing loss. Every penny raised makes a huge difference and we would encourage anyone interested in taking on the challenge to become part of our London Marathon running team for next year.”
To sponsor Dr Munir visit www.virginmoneygiving. com/kaisermunir.