Supporter Spotlight: Guy Robinson
16 Apr 2018
Join us as we support rookie runner Guy, who is taking on his first marathon to help raise vital funds for the charity.
Challenge: Virgin Money London Marathon 2018
When: April 22nd 2018
Inspiration: The National Osteoporosis Society became a cause close to Guy’s heart after his mum was diagnosed with osteoporosis eight years ago.
“After a freak accident in our local park, osteoporosis totally changed my mum’s life. She was walking the dog with my sister, when another dog caused her to fall. She fractured her spine and soon after was diagnosed with osteoporosis.”
Guy’s mum experienced a lot of pain after her accident and was forced to move her bed downstairs. She continues to receive regular injections in her back to help ease her movement. Having witnessed the impact of the condition on his mum, Guy felt inspired to raise money for the charity.
“The National Osteoporosis Society has provided my mum with great information and support and I want to help the charity fulfill their vision of a future without osteoporosis. Running the marathon seemed like a great way to raise money and help fund further osteoporosis research.”
On his fundraising journey, Guy was surprised to discover a severe lack of awareness of osteoporosis. “Very few people seem to understand what the condition is and the impact it can have. I hope that by running the marathon for the National Osteoporosis Society, more people become aware of osteoporosis and the charity’s vital work.”
A bit of background: Not one to do things by half, Guy has thrown himself in at the deep end with his marathon challenge.
“I’ve actually not done any long distance running in the past, so training has really pushed me. At the moment, I’m able to run about 20 miles, which will stand me in good stead for the big day. I’ll be happy if I can complete the distance within five hours.”
After he finishes the gruelling 26.2 mile run, Guy doesn’t plan on stopping on his mission to raise awareness and funds for osteoporosis.
“We need to raise awareness about the real impact of osteoporosis, so I’m going to visit a local school where my mum works to tell the children about my training and how important it is to look after your bones. I’ll do whatever I can to help the National Osteoporosis Society spread the word about the importance of good bone health throughout life.”
You can sponsor Guy’s marathon challenge, by visiting his JustGiving page.
You can get involved, too!
We rely on the support and generosity of people like you to fund our vital work and the essential services we provide. Together, we can build a brighter future for people affected by osteoporosis and fragile bones.
From marathon runs and daredevil stunts, to coffee mornings and community fundraisers, there are plenty of ways you can get involved to help make a real difference to those living in the UK with osteoporosis.
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