Disabled Runner To Take Part In London Marathon
19 year old Aaron Plumber, who has learning difficulties and cerebral palsy, will join thousands of others at the starting line of the London Marathon this April.
The East London and West Essex Guardian reported on the teenager’s feat, which will see him take on the marathon course to raise money for the charity Mencap. He decided to fundraise for Mencap after they helped him overcome barriers and get his first job working in the hotel industry.
Mencap’s internship programme helped Aaron to get a job at Novotel Hotel, where he now works as a conference porter.
He’s excited about tackling the marathon course too. “I can’t wait to be there in April at the start line. Proving people wrong, proving the whole world wrong. To anyone else who is running the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon, all I say is: don’t let someone say you can’t do it.”
Aaron is aiming to raise £9,000 for the charity and is already close to reaching his target with over a month to go.
Mencap has revealed that it will use the money he raises to fund its new All Move programme, which will go into schools and bring children with and without learning disabilities together through sport.
Being positive about disabilities is important and for those who have disabilities it can be important to show the world what they can do.
The Metro recently shared the story of Nila, a US dancer who has Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy, who has returned to dancing after being told she looked weird dancing in a wheelchair. She revealed she used to feel embarrassed when she danced but now has more confidence.
“This is my normal and I love it. It makes me stand out and be unique,” she asserted.
If you need to make adaptations to your home to help you live with a disability, contact us about installing a walk in shower bath to make things a little easier.