Ray is 69 and has just completed his 19th Marathon for See Ability Denecroft a home in Guildford Town Centre that supports 6 adults with sight loss 🏃
Ray Langrish has spent the past year fundraising for SeeAbility and Denecroft, a home in Guildford Town Centre that supports six adults with sight loss.
“I admire anyone who can run 26 miles but if he's prepared to do it and raise money and do it in a costume that wasn't easy to run in and raise awareness for SeeAbility and Denecroft especially I think deserves recognition.”
SeeAbility is an organization which has been running for more than 200 years. “What we do we do support people with visual impairment and other learning disabilities so that they can be able to live a normal life like anybody else. We try and support them to be as independent as they possibly can be to take an active participation with everything they do in their daily life. We try and fulfill some of their dreams which they cannot do without the ability.”
Alongside his fundraising Ray has developed a special relationship with one of the residents Paddy who shares his love of football. Ray has a very strong affiliation with Guildford City Football Club so opens up the opportunity for people who live here to attend to football matches.
“Paddy comes down with Ray and also usually another member of the Denecroft staff and they have hospitality in the board room before and halftime and during the game they basically do a running commentary of the exciting fair on the pitch.”
In April 2018 Ray finished his 19th marathon at the age of 69 and all his fundraising went to support the residents of Denecroft.
“Ray this year did the London Marathon for us, I thought of running a competition to design his costume and we had several entries [from local school children] it was very difficult to choose one outright design!”
“He's run 43 marathons and 28 half marathons and in fact his best time for the marathon, three and a half hours, if anyone knows athletics, he's at a very good time”
Ray recently won a Local Heroes Award presented by Surrey and Hampshire’s local radio station Eagle Radio for his fundraising for SeeAbility in Guildford. The above documentary was made my Greer Riddell for Eagle Radio to celebrate Ray’s achievements.
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