For­mer 18-stone doc­tor is in­spir­ing his pa­tients

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - MARATHON NEWS - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

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.

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