Leicester Mercury

Haseeb runs marathon to support health trust

- By STAFF REPORTER raisinghea­lth.org.uk/appeals/miles-for-smiles

BLIND runner Haseeb Ahmad is to take part in the London Marathon to help a health trust.

Haseeb, Leicesters­hire Partnershi­p NHS Trust’s head of equality, diversity and inclusion, is raising money for the trust’s service which looks after people with Huntington’s disease (HD).

Mill Lodge, in Narborough, cares for people with the disease. As their condition worsens, people with HD experience involuntar­y movements and difficulty in sitting up without support from a special wheelchair.

Often the wheelchair­s are too big for even wheelchair-friendly taxis, leaving HD patients unable to do normal things such as visit the hairdresse­r or go to the cinema.

Haseeb started losing his sight at the age of 10 and was completely blind by 17, but is a former Great Britain ParaTriath­lete, winning several medals.

He became the world’s fastest blind iron man in 2016 and was recently named one of the most influentia­l disabled people in the UK, appearing on the Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 list.

Haseeb said: “As someone with a severe disability, I know the challenges of trying to lead a full and active life.

“Even organising guides who are quick enough and confident to help me train and do races can be tough, but worth it to get out doing the thing I love most, which is to run.

“I really wanted to support our patients with Huntington’s disease to be able to have some independen­ce by raising funds to keep paying for their transport in order to improve their quality of life.

“Something which many of us can take for granted. I really hope I can get to my target of raising £2,000.”

Raising Health, the trust’s charity, is supporting Haseeb with the Miles for Smiles appeal.

To find out more or to make a donation, visit:

HUNTINGDON’S PATIENTS WILL BENEFIT FROM FUND-RAISING

 ??  ?? ELITE ATHLETE: Haseeb Ahmad with a support runner
ELITE ATHLETE: Haseeb Ahmad with a support runner

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