A SCARBOROUGH man is gearing up to raise money for Guide Dogs for the Blind at this weekend’s London Marathon.
Andrew Bluck, of Newlands Park Grove, is taking part in the event for the second time and is hoping to raise as much as possible.
He said: “I took up running six years ago as a way to keep fit with my daughter Laura and we have since completed numerous runs together, including the London Marathon in 2008.
“This time I will be running on my own, although Laura is travelling down to support me.”
He continued: “I have chosen to raise money for Guide Dogs as these amazing animals really change their owners’ lives.
“The charity does not just train dogs for blind and partially sighted people, but they also fund research into treatment for blindness.
“One of the main diseases causing blindness is diabetic retinopathy and Guide Dogs are helping to fund new possible future treatment, which will hopefully repair damage done by diabetes in the retina.”
Mr Bluck, a contract manager for Think Interiors Ltd, will run the gruelling 26 miles and 385 yards on Sunday after months of training and preparation.
He says he has been encouraged and spurred on by his wife Theresa and although he had a hamstring scare during training, all is well now.
All the money he raises will go to help the charity provide guide dogs to blind and partially sighted people, giving them life-changing freedom, mobility and independence or for research.
Peter Emmett from the Guide Dogs events team said: “It costs £10 a day to breed, train and support each guide dog partnership and as the charity relies on voluntary donations to fund its services, every penny raised will make a huge difference to blind and partially sighted people.”
If you wish to sponsor Andrew in his fundraising efforts please go to www.justgiving.com/AndrewBluck, contact him on 07872 456622 or drop into the office 4B Dunslow Court, Eastfield.