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Running for Blind Veterans UK

London researcher to take on the London Marathon for charity


A London academic will take part in the London Marathon to raise funds for the national charity Blind Veterans UK, which supports blind and vision-impaired ex-service men and women.

Dr Renata Beman has studied the psychology of blindness for over 10 years. She first came across Blind Veterans UK when she was studying for her PhD and worked with the charity to find participants for her research.

When Dr Beman reaches the start line on 28 April, she is not aiming for a particular finish time, but says she is training hard in the gym and her main focus is to “just reach the finish line.”

“I feel excited. I have taught blind people and I always said ‘you can do it’ so now it’s my time to do it,” she said.

Speaking about taking on the 26.2 mile challenge, Dr Beman said: “It is very important to support people…The way I think about it is, if one day I go blind, I would like to know that there are people willing to run for me. With one person going blind every five seconds, we never know what tomorrow brings.”

To support Dr Beman in her fundraising, visit her JustGiving page.

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