STANFORD-le-Hope brothers Aron and Ryan Farmer are among the 40-plus runners who will take on the legendary London Marathon in support of the National Deaf Children’s Society on Sunday, 28th April.
The charity, which supports the UK’s 50,000 deaf children, will benefit to the tune of nearly £80,000 thanks to the fundraising efforts of the group.
Aron and Ryan will follow the famous 26.2 mile course, starting in Greenwich Park and finishing on the Mall, and will be spurred on by staff and supporters at the charity’s Tower Bridge and Westminster cheer points.
Both brothers live in Stanford-le-Hope. Aron, 23, is a data analyst at a family-run insurance brokers in Romford, while Ryan, 28, is a housing strategy manager at Thurrock Council in Grays. Ryan lives with wife Rachel, 28, and children Darcy, 5, and Tristan, 2. The brothers were inspired to run for the National Deaf Children’s Society by Tristan, who was born deaf.
Ryan said: “When my son Tristan was five weeks old, it was confirmed through the NHS Newborn Hearing Screening that he was born deaf.
“The National Deaf Children’s Society were there to support Tristan, his sister and the rest of the family throughout his journey so far with advice, resources and events, all of which have been provided free of charge to us by this amazing organisation.
“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to repay their support on Tristan’s behalf by running the London Marathon together with his Uncle Aron.”
Aron added: “Since Tristan was diagnosed, the support my brother and his family have received has been immense and I’d like to ensure that any families who go through the same thing continue to receive the support they’ve had. If running the marathon can help even one family then I am more than prepared to do it.”
John Larkin, of the National Deaf Children’s Society’s Events Fundraising Team, said:
“I want to say a huge thank you to Aron and Ryan and all our wonderful runners in this event. We’re very proud of you. It’s through selfless supporters like these that we’re able to keep on doing what we do, supporting deaf children and their families across the UK, now and into the future.”