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Guildford father takes on London Marathon for RNIB in support of daughter who lost her sight from food poisoning

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Trevor Jordan in training for the Virgin Money London Marathon

Submitted by Royal National Institute of Blind People

A man from Guildford, in Surrey, is preparing to tie up his running shoes for the Virgin Money London Marathon on October 3, in aid of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

Trevor Jordan, 53, was inspired to join Team RNIB for the iconic event after watching his daughter, Lizzi Jordan, who has sight loss, participate in 2019.

He will be running for RNIB to support the charity’s work in breaking down barriers that still exist in society for blind and partially sighted people.

With the support of Lizzi, Trevor has been steadily training for this year’s event.  He said: “Training throughout the summer has been challenging. But seeing Lizzi prepare for the race in 2019, not long after losing her sight, inspires me daily and puts things into perspective. I can do this.”

Lizzi, 23, lost her sight in 2017 after she contracted E.Coli and fell into a coma for almost three months. Whilst she was in the coma, she developed a blood condition that damaged her optic nerves, causing her to lose her sight.

Looking forward to supporting her father on the day, Lizzi added: “It’ll be nice to be able to cheer him on from the crowd as he supported me throughout my London Marathon journey.

“RNIB has supported me over the years so I’m really happy we are able to give something back to help raise awareness of a cause very close to our hearts.”

Trevor, an electrician, has been boosting his fundraising efforts through doing raffles and meeting new people through their family business. He added: “We’re very thankful for all those who have contributed to our fundraising goal.”

Lizzi Wagner, senior challenge events manager at RNIB, said: “We are pleased to welcome back the physical event of the Virgin Money London Marathon and we’re delighted to have Trevor join Team RNIB. We will be supporting Lizzi with cheering him on all the way to the finish line.

“The money he raises will help us continue to work towards a world without barriers for people living with sight loss. Please dig deep and support his fundraising efforts.”

You can sponsor Trevor and support RNIB by donating here.

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