Sundip Tailor is preparing to don his running shoes for the Virgin Money London Marathon on 28 April to support the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).
Sundip, 33, will run as part of Team RNIB to support the charity after developing macular dystrophy, a condition that causes permanent sight loss.
He was born sighted and only started to experience changes in his vision in his early teens. By the time Sundip was 19, he had almost no central vision, with only his peripheral vision remaining.
This will be Sundip’s first London Marathon and he will be running for RNIB to support the charity’s work breaking down the barriers facing blind and partially sighted people that still exist in society.
He said: “When I lost my sight, I didn’t speak to anyone for help or advice. Times were challenging, and I felt like I was missing out on a lot of things other people my age were enjoying.
“I chose to run for RNIB as I know what it’s like to have no one to turn to after losing your sight. I want to help them reach as many people as possible to ensure everyone gets the support they deserve.”
Lizzi Wagner, Challenge Events Manager at RNIB, said: “Sundip’s dedication to help other blind and partially sighted people is inspirational and he’s a brilliant addition to Team RNIB. We can’t wait to cheer him all the way to the finish line on race day.
“The money Sundip raises will help us continue to smash the barriers facing people with sight loss. Please dig deep and support his fundraising efforts and help us reach our ambitious target of £230,000!”
Sundip hopes to cross the finish line in less than three hours and 30 minutes and will be running without a guide runner. He has already raised over £1,000 and is aiming to reach his target of £2,000.
To help Sundip reach his target and support RNIB, please donate at www.justgiving.com/sundip-tailor.