A MOTHER from Cam is undertaking a world record attempt at the London Marathon by running dressed as a giant eye to raise funds for a charity supporting her deaf son.
Musician Emma Denton from Woodend Lane will be running the 26 miles as the organ to boost donations for RP Fighting Blindness.
It is a charity close to her heart as seven-year-old son Charlie may well develop RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa) as part of his Ushers Syndrome which has already left him deaf.
RP leads to a progressive loss of sight and blindness and RP Fighting Blindness works hard to stimulate and fund cutting-edge research to find a treatment or cure and support those affected.
The 37-year-old mother-of-two said when the Eastington Primary School pupil was born, doctors told her there was no hope on him improving and he would likely lose the majority of his vision by his teenage years.
“But now there’s been lots of research going into it and there have been breakthroughs, so they need as much funding as possible,” she said.
“When I first told Charlie I was practising with the costume he just asked that I don’t pick him up from school with the costume on!”
She is attempting to smash the world record for the fastest female marathon runner dressed as an organ and will need to beat a time of 4hrs 28mins to do so.
The Dursley Running Club member already has four marathons under her belt but this will be a completely new challenge for her, as she realised when taking the eye out on a trial run in G20 Miler recently.
“It was hot and I couldn’t drink very easily but it was a good learning experience,” she said.
“Last time I ran the London Marathon, I was amazed at how supportive the crowd can be. I am sure they will get me round."
Dursley Running Club is donating £500 to the cause which came from the Dursley Dozen race, which Emma helped organise.
Club spokesman Graeme Hawkins said they were very pleased to be able to give the money.
“It is always nice when we are able to help someone in the club.”
To donate, visit www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EmmaDenton