A 70-year-old from North Devon is taking part in this weekend’s London Marathon in aid of AbleChildAfrica.
This will be swimming teacher Lois Vickers’ seventh marathon although this will be the first time she has competed alongside so many other runners.
She said that while teaching at Torridge Pool, she has seen the difference swimming lessons can make to the lives of children with disabilities, but similar children in Africa “don’t have such advantages and may not even be able to attend school or have any sort of exercise.”
Lois will be joined by 42 other runners in aid of AbleChildAfrica, and the charity’s director, Jane Anthony,said: “There are 50 million disabled children in Africa facing early death, neglect, abuse and extreme poverty.
“That’s why we work with our partner organisations in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya to give all disabled children the health care, education and employment opportunities they deserve.
“We’re a small charity with a big vision. We believe that every disabled person can help build a better future for Africa. But we can only do that with the support of people like Lois.”
If you would like to sponsor Lois, please visit her mydonate page.