Running to get ahead of Superficial Siderosis
It's surprising where buying a pair of trainers can get you.
January 2015 and computer programmer Paul Banfield walks into a sports shop and buys a pair of running shoes. Kitted out with a waterproof and a headband, he plugs into a running schedule and heads out into the cold and wet to start his journey.
Just over a year later and he's come a long way. On Sunday 20th March, he'll be taking on the Fleet Pre-London half marathon for a very special cause - The Silent Bleed.
Paul (seen here in muddy yellow finishing the Brutal 10k with his best mate John earlier this year) and the charity founder, Jason Roberts have been friends for some time but they have a unique relationship because Paul has also been step father to Jason's son for the past 13 years. When Jason was diagnosed with a rare, degenerative neurological condition a few years ago, Paul was determined to do something to help.
"The run is all about raising money and awareness. I've done a few 10k runs but I've never taken on anything like this before" he said "I've trained hard and I hope I make a good time."
And the fundraising could not have come at a more critical time. With NHS England now routinely refusing funding for the only real treatment available, the experimental drug Ferriprox, the charity wants to help fund the research that may prove the drug works and support those who are denied funding for it.
You can support Paul through his Just Giving page, or if you want to give something to Silent Bleed direct, simply use the Paypal button to the right.
If you're lucky enough to live in the South East of England and you'd like to cheer Paul on, the whole team will be there on the day. Please contact us if you would like further info.