Through the efforts of Chris, Jenny and Ryan in the Great North Run and Sound Mike’s participation in both the Berlin Marathon and the Oxford Half Marathon, Secure Base’s runners have achieved their target of raising sufficient donations to sponsor one of RNIB’s Talking Books for children which will be dedicated to Class CM2A of CFBL in Kentish Town and their six friends from INJA in Paris – see: http://mysecurebase.org/en/running-talking-books/
The children plan to deliver a cheque for the monies raised through Secure Base to RNIB’s Talking Books studio in Camden and select the talking book to be created. The children’s teacher, Chris Parry, who himself ran in the iconic Great North Run to raise sponsorship for this worthy cause, said “It was a highlight of the year to watch the children from both schools quickly develop such deep and lasting relationships. In sponsoring the creation of a talking book through RNIB, which is to be dedicated to both sets of children, I see this as a fitting and lasting memento of that spirit of friendship. The children loved their visit to RNIB’s Talking Books studio and are looking forward to future visits as this project develops.” Chris also hopes to find other ways of continuing CFBL’s support of RNIB’s Talking Books and the children from INJA whose enthusiasm for life, despite their sight impairment, has been an inspiration to all.
Of the Berlin Marathon Sound Mike said “It was a privilege to run in such an iconic city and I’m so grateful to RNIB for making that possible. To run for such a worthwhile cause as RNIB’s Talking Books and with a feeling that the children of both CFBL and INJA, as well as the founders of Relais de la Mémoire whose stories all really began in Berlin , were there in spirit really spurred me on. Meeting Uta Pippig (three times winner of the Berlin and Boston Marathons, winner of the New York Marathon and official starter of the 2016 Berlin Marathon) before the Berlin marathon and learning about the way in which she has used her sporting achievements to help those in need to access education and achieve both better health and a greater sense of wellbeing through her Take the Magic Step Foundation was another wonderful inspiration.”
Secure Base is proud to support RNIB’s Talking Books and Relais de la Mémoire, if you would like to help us in doing so then please donate at: