Mother of three Kate Cadman has decided to fulfil a lifetime ambition by securing a place to take part in next year’s London Marathon.
Kate, who is 47 and lives in Barnack, will be raising money for two good causes close to her heart.
Her daughter Beatrice, who is nine, has been profoundly deaf since birth and Kate will be running for the National Deaf Children’s Society and All Ears Cambodia, which works to help provide specialist ear and hearing services in Cambodia.
“Running 26 miles is going to be an enormous personal challenge because at present I can barely run more than a few metres,” Kate said.
“I am, however, determined to complete the course to celebrate the amazing emotional journey we have made as a family.
“As a hearing person myself, and with no real knowledge or understanding of what deafness meant, Beatrice’s diagnosis was quite devastating and terrifying to me.
“Would we ever be able to communicate with one another? Would she ever hear my voice? I had many questions and no real answers.
“However, since those dark early days, the remarkable progress Beatrice has made is simply beyond my wildest dreams.
“With lots of professional help and support, Beatrice speaks as well as I and with the help of a hearing aid and a cochlear implant she is able to attend Witham Hall School.”
Kate, who runs her own soft furnishings business called Cutting Edge Interiors, is also planning to organise events to boost the fundraising and to raise awareness.
“I am planning many local events ranging from a murder mystery evening, to cake stalls, packing groceries, local business awards and much more besides,” she said.
“Through all these events I am aiming to spread the message that deafness doesn’t have to be a barrier to life.”
She said she would be working closely with pupils from Witham Hall School. If you would like to donate go to www.justgiving.com/Kate-Cadman