Samantha Sutton

Yes I'm NUTS!...... London Marathon 2022!

Fundraising for The National Deaf Children's Society
£2,545
raised of £2,000 target
by 49 supporters
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Event: London Marathon 2022, on 2 October 2022
We support deaf children and their families to make their future brighter.

Story

January 2022 - Sooooooooo I did a crazy thing..... it was about a month post kidney donation surgery and I was sat there thinking about how lucky I actually was with my health, even though it was tough at that moment, I WOULD get better! Then it occurred to me, so SO many people don't have that luxury. I wanted to give back, I wanted to help more, I wanted to make a difference even if it just brought a smile for a day. 

Those who know our family will be lucky enough to meet my sassy little niece, Willow.  After a dramatic entry into the world, In January 2018, she spent the first 8 months of her life in the NICU at Guys & St Thomas Hospital in London.  Due to being a micro-preemie (24 weeks gestation) her parents, my sister & brother in law didn't find out Willow was profoundly deaf until she was almost 10 months old.   8 months later in June 2020 in the middle of lockdown in the UK, Willow had Cochlear implant surgery.  Everything went smoothly and she was switched on a week later.  Fast forward to January 2022 and thanks to her parents dedication to learning BSL from scratch, Willow can now sign over 150 words! For a 3 year old this is amazing! She also loves music & dancing & is becoming quite the chatterbox too!    

The deaf community has become a huge part of my sisters' life and now mine. I always knew it would as we want WIllow to always feel 100% included in everything we do and not need my sister to translate BSL when were together. I joined a sign choir called 'Hands for Voices' last year and I am astounded at how many signs I have learnt in such a short space of time!

I am both excited and bloody nervous as I have never run more than 10km in one go..... however, if surgery and being in the hospital taught me one thing is that I am damn strong, I am a fighter and I have determination. I also have the most supportive tribe of family and friends around me who I KNOW will be cheering by my side and helping me along this journey! So those of you who are in the know of marathon training - ill be hitting you up for advice SOON!! 

I look forward to sharing more about this charity throughout the coming year and welcome any and all support you beautiful humans, much love from a buzzing and terrified yogi, Sammi x

About the charity

We are the National Deaf Children’s Society, the leading charity for deaf children. We give expert support on childhood deafness, raise awareness and campaign for deaf children’s rights, so they have the same opportunities as everyone else.

Donation summary

Total raised
£2,545.00
+ £172.50 Gift Aid
Online donations
£945.00
Offline donations
£1,600.00

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