Marathon man Daniel runs for visual impairment charity

Wed 22 Apr, 2015



Daniel Shaw, pictured, isn't the type of person to allow a visual impairment to get in the way of his ambitions.

Despite a few knock-backs on the job front over the years, the 28-year-old is gainfully employed as a popular and much in-demand member of Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service's Information Technology team.

And on Sunday he will undertake what he describes as his "biggest challenge to date" when he runs in the Virgin Money London Marathon 2015 to raise money for the charity SeeAbility.

Daniel, who lives in Aylesbury, suffers from a condition called Nystagmus, as well as being short-sighted and long-sighted.

He said: "During my primary and high school years, I was given a lot of support by a charity called Staffordshire Look, which helped children who were blind or had a visual impairment.

"Sadly the charity no long exists, but I am glad to be running for SeeAbility as I will be able to give back something to a charity that helps people who have lost their sight, as well as the many other conditions they provide support for. These include learning and physical disabilities, mental health difficulties, acquired brain injury and life-limiting conditions."

He added: "I had an assessment at Stoke Mandeville Hospital a couple of years back and they were quite shocked at what I've achieved in my life.”

Daniel, who said he took up running because he used to be "quite a big guy" and wanted to lose weight, has already raised nearly £1,500 for SeeAbility through sponsorship, a cake sale at work and repairing friends' computers.

He has an online donation page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DanielBShaw and is hoping to improve on the total.

He said "I want to raise as much as possible as I know how much a visual impairment can impact on someone's day-to-day life.

"If you are running the marathon too, good luck to you and I'll see you at the starting line!"

Click here for more information about the charity SeeAbility.