Tom Johnson, a hospital worker with asthma and a form of Cerebral Palsy which affects the use of his arm and leg has committed to take on the Isle of Wight Challenge, a gruelling 106km run along the island’s coastal paths, to raise money for Age UK Isle of Wight.
Despite his asthma and disability called Hemiplegia (a form of Cerebral Palsy), Tom has been running for more than 10 years, initially taking it up as a hobby to help with mobility in his leg and to improve his breathing.
The 38 year old successfully completed the 54 km Isle of Wight Challenge in 2017, but has chosen to ramp it up this year to complete the full 106km run; a route which starts at Chale, passes past The Needles, Cowes and Culver Down before finishing once again at Chale.
Tom has set himself a target to raise £1,275 for Age UK Isle of Wight, a charity which recently helped and supported his mother through their Good Neighbour Scheme, and which relies heavily on fundraising.
Elisha Leachman, Fundraising Manager for Age UK Isle of Wight commented: “We are absolutely overwhelmed at the commitment shown by Tom to take on such an arduous challenge in aid of our charity. The monies raised by Tom will be vital in supporting elderly and vulnerable islanders through our range of services here at Age UK Isle of Wight. We are all so proud of what he has achieved so far and we look forward to cheering him on!”
Tom has been busy training with Albert, his Jack Russell, who often accompanies him on his runs. Tom commented “I have learnt over the years to adapt to everyday life, but there are still some things I struggle with which most people will take for granted. Setting goals such as this gives me an incentive to keep pushing myself, and at the same time raise some money for a great charity”.
The Isle of Wight Challenge takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend, 5th & 6th May 2018; you can sponsor Tom via:
By text: Text TOMJ49 £3 to 70070 to donate £3