Sense of pride – 15 marathons in 15 months

RUNNING 15 marathons in 15 months is an epic challenge in itself but completing one blindfolded and another dressed as Orville the Duck makes her achievements even more remarkable.

Kerry Whitney has already crossed the finishing line 12 times at races across the world raising more than £4,000 for Sense.

Her spirit and determination have resulted in the national deafblind charity shortlisting her for a national award.

The 35-year-old former pub manager, originally from Middlesbrough, now lives in Chingford, Essex and works at a special needs school in Hackney, London.

She said she made the decision to fundraise for Sense from witnessing the work the charity does to support and campaign for people with dual sensory loss.

Kerry says that originally she never set out to run 15 marathons – but that the phenomenal idea just evolved – and she won’t be stopping there.

She said she isn’t sure yet what her next feat will be but she’ll continue to raise much-needed money for Sense.

INSPIRATIONAL: Kerry Whitney completes the Kent Marathon

INSPIRATIONAL: Kerry Whitney completes the Kent Marathon

Kerry will find out whether she has won at a ceremony that will be held in central London on December 7.

“It feels great to be nominated for a Sense award for fundraising.

“I really wasn’t expecting it at all. I never set out to do this challenge for any kind of recognition.

“I just wanted to do something crazy that would raise a lot of money.”

Deafblindness is a combination of both sight and hearing difficulties. Some of these people are completely deaf and blind, but others have some remaining use of one or both senses.

Sense is a national charity that has been supporting and campaigning for children and adults who are deafblind for the last 60 years.

There are currently around 250,000 deafblind people in the UK. Sense provides specialist information, advice and services to deafblind people, their families, carers and the professionals who work with them.

MEDALS: Kerry Whitney is presented with thank you from Gill Morbey, Sense Chief Executive

MEDALS: Kerry Whitney is presented with thank you from Gill Morbey, Sense Chief Executive

Sense Chief Executive, Gill Morbey, added: “The Sense Awards recognise the wonderful achievements of people with sensory impairments and those that support them.

“Kerry’s dedication to the challenge she set herself: ‘15 marathons in 15 months’ has been remarkable. She couldn’t be more deserving of the nomination.”

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