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MAR 21/2016

Healthcare hero Donna’s seventh London Marathon

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Medacs Healthcare Nurse Donna Bibby will be taking part in her seventh London Marathon on 24 April to raise money for Sense. Sense is a national charity that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind or have sensory impairments. 
 
Donna who lives in Blackburn works as an accident and emergency nurse across the North West. In her spare time, Donna is a keen runner and has been running for several years now. 
 
Donna explains, “I have always run for Sense. As a nurse I met a patient who was deafblind. I thought I just can’t imagine what life must be like. All of my hobbies 
would be impossible so I learned more about the condition and made a decision to do my bit to raise awareness.
 
“Sense gave me my first charity place in 2010. That first year I ran a few miles with another Sense runner. He had two healthy children and his third child was born deafblind. The family had used Sense’s services and felt that they wouldn't have coped without them. I made up my mind to keep going and this will be my seventh London Marathon. Every year I forget how painful the marathon is and when it does get tough, I focus on that runner and his family.” 
 
You can’t help but admire Donna’s determination. She has an extremely supportive partner who has been there for her at each run.  
 
Next month Donna will join an estimated 38,000 people who will run the 26.2 mile marathon through the streets of London. Medacs Healthcare’s Nursing team are helping Donna achieve her fundraising target and raise essential funds for Sense. 
 
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Support our healthcare hero Donna and donate whatever you can give.
 
Sense has been supporting people who have sensory impairments to enjoy more independent lives for the last 60 years. Sense was started by a group of families who had deafblind children after being seriously affected by rubella during pregnancy. Today, a growing number of children are born prematurely with a range of medical conditions that often include sight and hearing impairments. There are also older people who develop sight and hearing loss at later life. Find out more about Sense and the work they work do.

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