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A cheque for £2,281 has been handed over to local charity Ability Dogs 4 Young People by Tracey Rae who, instead of going out to celebrate her 50th birthday, completed the hottest London Marathon is history back in March.

Other than the personal achievement, Tracey chose to complete the challenge in order to raise money for charity. Her chosen charity was Ability Dogs 4 Young People. With thanks to her friends, especially Elaine Spear and her colleagues from Rutherford Eye Care, as well as patients and the companies and reps who supply their frames and lenses, Tracey raised an incredible £2,281.97.

Tracey has said:

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“Everybody thought I must be mad to do this, especially on my birthday! My friends and family are the ones who really kept me going through the tough months of training. On the day, their support and the fact that I was running for such a worthwhile cause was what got me to the finish line.”

Carol Court, founder of Ability Dogs 4 Young People said:

“I can’t believe what wonderful things people do to raise money for us. Tracey and Elaine have visited us at the Training Centre a couple of times, so it has been great for all of us to hear about what she went through first hand. It is thanks to their support and generosity and others like them that we are able to continue to help disabled young people and children living on the Island.”

Ability Dogs 4 Young People IoW is an Island charity which trains assistance dogs to improve the lives of physically and mentally disabled young people and children on the Isle of Wight. If you think you can help by fundraising or are interested in becoming a Puppy Parent get in touch. Visit www.abilitydogs4yp.org.uk, email [email protected] or phone 01983 216246.

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