Helen McElhone, 46 from Beeston, Nottingham, is set to complete her first ever marathon as she trains for the virtual Virgin Money London Marathon on 3 October. Helen is running in support of the British Tinnitus Association (BTA), a charity that is close to her heart as she lives with tinnitus herself, a debilitating condition that affects 127,000 adults in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire alone and one in eight nationwide.
Helen shared “I have lived with bilateral tinnitus for over 15 years. No huge explanation, it just sort of 'crept up on me' and like most of us I just 'get on with life' and do my best to cope with it. It wasn't until a colleague of mine started struggling with her tinnitus that I really talked to anyone about it. It really helped me connecting with someone else who knew what it was like. She told me about the BTA and I became really interested in their work and the support they offer to so many.”
The British Tinnitus Association’s vision is “A world where no one suffers from tinnitus” which Helen fully supports. She is hoping to raise vital funds and awareness to make sure people can access the support they need now, and fund future tinnitus research, to ultimately find a cure.
She shared “Living with tinnitus during a global pandemic has been challenging, so I decided to put that challenge to good use and am taking part in the Virtual London Marathon on 3 October 2021. To date I have managed 10km runs, so this is a huge 'step up' for me! I will be doing it for all those people who struggle with their own 'silence'.”
Please cheer Helen on by donating to her fundraising page at justgiving.com/fundraising/helen-mcelhone, or visit tinnitus.org.uk/challenge-yourself to take part in your own challenge.
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For more information
Nic Wray, Communications Manager
0114 250 9933
Jessica Pollard, Fundraising Officer
0114 250 9933
About the British Tinnitus Association
The British Tinnitus Association is an independent charity and the primary source of information for people with tinnitus. It helps to facilitate an improved quality of life for people with tinnitus through a range of support options including support groups, a helpline and its website, while also taking steps to bring forward the day when tinnitus is cured. The charity works to inform and educate medical professionals and the community on what tinnitus is and how to manage it. The British Tinnitus Association wants “a world where no one suffers from tinnitus”. It wants to find better ways to manage tinnitus and, ultimately, to help find a cure. In 2020, the publication of its Tinnitus Manifesto led to more than 120,000 people signing a petition for more funding for tinnitus research to find cures.
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