Blind youth charity director takes on Yorkshire Marathon

Andy Wilson and Darren McClintock
Andy Wilson and Darren McClintock

A Harrogate man who has been blind since he was nine is running the Yorkshire Marathon on Sunday to raise vital funds for three causes.

Andy Wilson, who is Director of RolltheRock, a charity he set up that works with young people and their leaders, had to have both of his eyes removed after losing his sight due to retinoblastoma, a childhood cancer that affects the retina. Andy is running the marathon with the support of a guide, Darren McClintock, who has made it possible for him to take on the challenge.

Andy is also raising money for Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity, for the Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre and the Dermatology Unit. Andy was diagnosed last year with two lots of melanoma and had to undergo two intensive operations, and is facing a further operation soon after the marathon to have more skin removed.

Andy said: “The staff in both areas have supported me through a difficult time, understood my fears, needs and worries, and have gently, kindly and patiently worked with me through these difficult issues. As they have given so much to me, I am passionate about putting something back into them as my way of saying thank you.”

David Fisher, Community and Events Fundraiser at Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity said: “Running a marathon is a major challenge for anyone, but to do it blind, following surgery for cancer and just before another operation makes it so much tougher. Andy is an inspiration to all and we are very grateful for his fantastic support.”

To sponsor Andy and Darren and show your support, visit: https://www.mydonate.bt.com/events/yorkmarathon

Are you running the Yorkshire Marathon? Email your details to news@harrogateadvertiser to feature in a roll of honour next week.