Runner with sight and hearing loss taking on half marathon for deafblind charity

Paul Chilvers photoPaul Chilvers, who has Usher syndrome, is running the Royal Parks Half Marathon for charity Sense

Paul Chilvers, 39, from Norwich is running the Royal Parks Half Marathon next month to raise money for children and adults who are both deaf and blind.

Paul, who works in retail, was inspired to take on a half marathon on 11 October to raise money for Sense, the national deafblind charity as he has Usher syndrome, a genetic condition that causes sight and hearing loss. He relies on hearing aids and has tunnel vision, which means his side vision is slowly subsiding. He said:

“I know first-hand how challenging it can be to cope with both sight and hearing loss. I decided to run for Sense because I wanted to help people like me to get the support they need and achieve their own goals.”

Paul, who’s a big Norwich City fan, is aiming to complete the half marathon in approximately two hours and has been training hard running several miles a week. He’s had to give up cricket because of his sight, but he’s a keen runner and hopes to take part in the London marathon one day.

“I’m looking forward to it – especially the satisfaction of crossing the finish line! It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I’m very excited to be joining 16,000 other runners in this iconic race!”

Paul’s friends and family have been really supportive and have helped him raise more than £400 for Sense so far. To sponsor Paul Chilvers please go to

Sense is a national charity that has been supporting and campaigning for children and adults who are deafblind for the last 60 years. There are currently around 250,000 deafblind people in the UK. Sense provides specialist information, advice and services to deafblind people, their families, carers and the professionals who work with them.

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