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Granddad runs marathon for Chard schoolboy's charity
THE grandfather of a Chard schoolboy is running the London Marathon for a charity close to his family’s heart.
Paul Blackburn, 57, will run his first marathon in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People – the same charity his five-year-old grandson Logan McKerrow donated money to when he sold his replica Olympic torch on eBay.
Logan, then aged five, made his torch from paper, tissue paper, felt and foil and has so far raised £32,000, had 48 different ‘torch bearers’ and travelled 6,180 miles around the country.
Paul is hoping to raise at least £2,000 for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People as well when he runs 26.3 miles around London on Sunday, April 16.
The family are putting on a fundraising afternoon at Lift The Latch, Blacklands Lane, Forton, Chard on Sunday from 2-4pm to help kickstart their campaign.
On a Facebook page set up to help raise awareness about Paul’s marathon, it says: “Come along if you're a keen or budding gardener and see the lovely Autumn colours of this fabulous garden. There will be refreshments and cakes, a duck race, name the dog, win the wine and ping pong challenge.”
There will also be a fully trained hearing hog and a hearing dog puppy at the event.
The family say they chose Hearing Dogs for Deaf People as their charity was because Logan and his mum Kerry McKerrow went through a list of children’s charities and Logan picked the Let's Hear it for Deaf Children Campaign run by Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a national charity which trains dogs to alert deaf people to important sounds and danger signals in the home and public buildings.
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