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Blind veteran's granddaughter to run London Marathon for military charity that supported him

PUBLISHED: 15:12 06 April 2017 | UPDATED: 15:12 06 April 2017

Kate Foster

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Kate Foster has been inspired to run by her granddad, Eric

Kate with her granddad, EricKate with her granddad, Eric

A woman from Bromley is set to run the London Marathon for Blind Veterans UK, to say thank you for the support it provided to her granddad.

Kate Foster, 28 and originally from Cleckheaton, is running on behalf of the charity for vision-impaired ex-service men and women.

Blind Veterans provided her grandfather, Eric, with the means and confidence to lead an independent life, despite his complete sight loss.

She said: “My grandfather, Eric, was blinded in World War II while fighting in Africa. They showed him that there is life beyond sight loss and helped him become a fantastic physiotherapist. He actually went on to set up the physio department at Barnsley District Hospital, as well as a private practice at home where I remember he used to treat my Dad for rugby injuries.

“Throughout his career the charity helped him in his role as a physiotherapist by providing specialist training and equipment. They were just fantastic.”

For Ms Foster, the prospect of the challenge of running a marathon was always going to be hard to ignore.

She said: “I always knew I wanted to run a marathon and I always wanted to do it for a good cause. I watched a TV show on Gareth Malones choir for the Invictus Games and, by chance, there was one gentleman whod received support from Blind Veterans UK. I took it as a sign that itd have to be Blind Veterans UK that Id run in support of.

“I feel nervous because, if Im honest, I don’t really enjoy running long distances. But I feel proud of myself for doing it and I can’t wait to see the crowds on the day. Knowing I have friends and family who are there and cheering me on around the course will be incredible.”

After organising and hosting a charity quiz, which was attended by over 100 people and raised north of £600, Ms Foster is confident of reaching her fundraising target of £2,000.

“Whatever it is you’re hoping to achieve, whether it’s a marathon, a trek or a bike ride, Id say just go for it,” she adds.

“The furthest I could run before I started training was two miles, and so I never thought I’d be able to complete a full marathon. Raising money for charity makes it even more worthwhile, so Id say just take the plunge and go for it.”

You can support Ms Foster as she prepares to take on the London Marathon for Blind Veterans UK, by visiting www.justgiving.com/fundraising/KatesMarathon2017.

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