Dal Bhutta recently signed up for the Beacon Santa Run on December 1st at West Park. Dal explains why this years run means so much to him and why he signed up.

I work in the Beacon Charity Shop at our HQ on Wolverhampton Road East, so I see people Beacon support every day. The difference the charity makes is huge and I am always keen to help in my free time. When I learned about the Santa Run, I knew it would be the ideal way to get fit again and help raise some funds for the charity.

I have found since training my mental health and wellbeing is much better. I find myself fresher and sharper in the morning. The health benefits are also amazing. I am losing weight and enjoy being out and about more than ever before. I look forward to dressing up as Santa and getting to the starting line.

As I live with sight loss, I will be guided by a guide runner. Lisa Cowley, Beacon CEO, wanted to help me and experience being a guide runner. She has been a great help and even given me tips and training ideas to support me. The run is 5k and you don’t have to be fast or super fit to do it. You can even walk the route or do as much as you can. I think anyone interested in supporting a local charity should sign up and get on board.

I am dedicating my run to my late mother and will be training hard before the run. Thanks to Lisa I am confident I will be in safe hands. This is my chance to help those less fortunate than me and also help improve my own health and wellbeing – it’s a real win win.

To sign up to the Santa Run and learn more, visit: www.beaconvision.org/event/santarun2019