Helen Browne

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Event: Great Manchester Run 10k 2019, on 19 May 2019
Deafblind UK

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We support people who are deafblind to live better with sight & hearing loss


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Hello everybody and thanks for reading this.  My name is Helen and I am doing my first 10K just before my 60th birthday.  Never in a million years did I think I would be doing this as I am deafblind - I believe I need to say something about this and how it happened - the top choice seems to be that it is a genetic case and if this is so, I have Usher Syndrome which would account for my deterioration of sight which has almost been a lifetime journey.  However, there were also complications at my birth which resulted in a lack of oxygen, and the Summer I was born held the record, until recently, for being the hottest and longest and I think there was a story there too.  So unfortunately I cannot say with any certainty why I am deafblind, but hopefully this will grab your attention and suffice it to say, that I experience dual sensory impairment - I wear one hearing aid in my right ear and was successfully fitted with a cochlear implant in my left  about 10 years ago and without them, I am unable to hear at all.  My sight is a bit more tricky to talk about and now is almost not very helpful or useful, which has taken a very long time to get this far and created many basic changes throughout  my life  along the way.
So I am very pleased to introduce you to my guide runner Alice who I met at my local Park Run in Stretford where I get a lot of support from other runners and park goers,who  gave me this opportunity to take part for which I am very happy (I think!)it has added to the many challenges that I have faced and taken throughout my life.
Deafblind UK is my nominated charity and I would be so grateful if you would consider giving as it is an area that doesn't get much attention and in this very fast-paced world - maybe it is time to reach out to the next person as you never know ......? 

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Deafblind UK

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RCN 802976
Living with deafblindness can be incredibly lonely, isolating and scary. Our specialist support helps people cope emotionally and practically. We listen, advise, care, support, coach, mentor and connect people. We help people to live better with sight and hearing loss.

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