TWO brothers are to take on the London Marathon to raise money for the Royal National Institute of Blind People.
The Cambrian News reported “Huw and Mathew Rowcliffe are preparing to don their running shoes for the Virgin Money London Marathon on 22 April to raise as much cash as possible for the RNIB.
Huw, 29, from Aberystwyth will be running his first marathon as a guide runner for his younger brother Mathew.
Mathew was diagnosed with Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy three ago and received a great deal of support from RNIB following his diagnosis.
Huw, who works at Bronglais Hospital, jumped at the chance to run the London Marathon alongside Mathew.
Running a marathon will be a new challenge for both brothers; the furthest Huw has run is 17 miles for the running club he’s been a member of for 20 years.
Having seen the support Mathew received from RNIB after he was diagnosed with Leber’s, Huw was keen to join him in London and help raise awareness for the charity that provides emotional and practical support to blind and partially sighted people across the UK.
They are aiming to raise £2,000, though Huw is hoping to go beyond this with the support of family and friends.
He said: “After Mathew was diagnosed with a rare sight condition three years ago, RNIB supported him with specialist equipment that helped him go back to work. I’ve seen first-hand the help the charity provides to people living with sight loss, and this wouldn’t be possible without people fundraising for RNIB.
“When my brother asked me to be his guide runner, I said yes straightaway. I’ve been putting off doing a marathon for the last few years, but I’m really excited to get to the starting line.”