Darren Hughes

Darren is running the 2024 London Marathon for Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity

Fundraising for Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity
£2,228
raised of £2,000 target
by 41 supporters
Event: London Marathon 2024, on 21 April 2024 Start fundraising for this event
The amazing Helen Arkell London Marathon team are taking part in this iconic event to raise awareness of and funds for people with dyslexia. These dedicated individuals are pushing themselves to the limit and your support will mean so much to them.

Story

As those of you that have known me for some time will know, I used to run a lot, including finishing the London Marathon on three occasions. The most recent marathon was 12 years ago though and until the beginning of last year I hadn’t really run much at all over those 12 years.

Over the course of 2023, I managed to get back into running and, despite a couple of injuries, I ran about 750km during the year. Over the last 6 months or so I’ve run three 10km races and a half marathon and am ready to have another shot at the London Marathon.

I’m delighted to have the opportunity to run in support of Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity who are a small charity who do some amazing work – see their website (https://helenarkell.org.uk/) and below for more details. With your help, I’m hoping to raise £2,000 and every £ raised will help to make a huge difference and support the work that they do.

What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning difference that affects reading, writing and spelling.

Many people find that dyslexia brings all sorts of positive gifts, such as exceptional creativity, imagination, communication skills, problem-solving and the ability to think outside the box.

However, people with dyslexia may also have difficulty processing and remembering information they see and hear, and this can affect the development of their literacy skills.

Dyslexia can also affect other areas such as organisational skills, numeracy, language, motor coordination and concentration.

At least 1 in 10 people has dyslexia and many struggle with literacy, feeling isolated and experiencing financial difficulties.

Left undiagnosed and unsupported, dyslexia can reduce the ability to learn, affecting self-esteem and overall life chances.

About Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity

Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity is one of the leading specialist centres in the UK, not only directly supporting people with dyslexia, but training the dyslexia specialists and teachers of tomorrow.

They remove barriers to learning and life for children and adults with dyslexia by providing expert, personal and life-changing support.

They also support parents of children with dyslexia, their teachers, and employers of dyslexic staff.

Their team of specialists provide help through dyslexia assessments, consultations, 1:1 tuition and training as well as a variety of courses, workshops, information and advice.

We are helping more people than ever with dyslexia turn challenges into opportunities, unlock potential and succeed on their own terms.

Please sponsor me to run the London Marathon and help to support Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity to continue the amazing work that they do. Thank you.

About the campaign

The amazing Helen Arkell London Marathon team are taking part in this iconic event to raise awareness of and funds for people with dyslexia. These dedicated individuals are pushing themselves to the limit and your support will mean so much to them.

About the charity

Left undiagnosed and unsupported, dyslexia negatively impacts children and young people. It affects their self-esteem. Their ability to learn. Their life chances. With your support, Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity can help people with dyslexia from all backgrounds to believe, achieve and succeed.

Donation summary

Total raised
£2,227.40
+ £510.60 Gift Aid
Online donations
£2,227.40
Offline donations
£0.00

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