A VISUALLY-impaired woman from Redditch is entering the final stages of her training for the London Marathon on Sunday, April 28.
Lizzie Tovey, who has limited vision in her left eye and almost no vision in her right, will run alongside her guide runner Corin Elliot in aid of the charity Guide Dogs.
“I found out about Corin after getting in touch with a local charity,” said Lizzie.
“Having him as my guide-runner has made a massive difference to my self-esteem and also my mental health.”
The pair, who started running just over a year ago, have already took part in numerous marathons together, including two in Rugby and Nottingham.
But now they are ready to take on their biggest challenge yet.
“We are running the London Marathon to raise funds for Guide Dogs because they give blind people, or visually-impaired people like myself, the chance to live independent lives.”
The lifetime cost of a guide dog is a staggering £55,000 but Lizzie and Corin have already managed to raise £3,700 through their fundraising page.
“The goal is to reach £4,500 which is enough to support someone with a guide dog for two years,” said Lizzie.
“Luckily I’m not at the stage where I need a guide dog yet but it’s likely I will need one in the future.
“I hope when it comes to it that Guide Dogs will be able to provide me with similar support to how they’ve treated others.”
To read more about Lizzie and Corin’s journey, or to donate, head to virginmoneygiving.com/RunLizzieRun