Hi everyone. Welcome to my blog, my first one! I will be running the London Marathon on April 26th to raise funds for The Makaton Charity.
Firstly, a quick word, to introduce myself. My name is Michael and I became a Trustee of The Makaton Charity in September 2012 and have supported the charity’s work, particularly in my role as Treasurer. My day job is in the Strategy team of a large UK company having trained as an accountant. April will be my 4th London Marathon but the first time running as Mr Tumble, yes Mr Tumble. Can’t wait to order the costume! My sons can’t wait to laugh at me wearing it… I’m sure, like me, many of you are huge fans of Something Special and I hope that by dressing as Mr Tumble, it will not only bring a few smiles but that people will recognise that I am running for The Makaton Charity.
Makaton uses signs (gestures) and symbols (pictures) with speech and is used by children and adults with learning or communication difficulties. It is used by people like Alex, who as a little girl, could not speak or make herself understood. When she was thirsty, she couldn’t ask for a drink or when she was in pain she couldn’t tell her mum that her ears hurt so used to bang her head on the wall. Now, through using Makaton symbols and signs, Alex can tell people a whole load of things! You can read more about her story here.
The Makaton Charity works hard to make sure that everyone who needs help to communicate gets that help. The Charity works incredibly hard to raise funds to keep doing this vital work. It also needs to adapt to changing circumstances (falling school and health budgets, increasing demand etc) and this is where I, and hopefully you, come in.
My aim is to raise £26,200 which works out at £1,000 per mile. I am guessing that raising this money will be like actually running the marathon in that the first steps will easier than the last but, with support and encouragement, the goal can be achieved. In my next blog, I will explain how the money raised will help The Makaton Charity make a real difference to the lives of so many people, like Alex.
If you are able to make a donation, whatever the amount, to The Makaton Charity, please visit my Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/MichaelRBarnett/
or text MAKA15 £1/£2/£5/£10 to 70070 to donate now!
(Read Michael's next blog: On the streets again... at last!)