An IT manager from Lytham is taking is taking on his biggest challenge to help raise funds for a Blackpool charity that supported his grandfather.
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Martyn Coyne, 39, will fulfil a lifetime ambition when he takes part in the London Marathon tomorrow (Sunday 22nd April).
Along the way he will be helping to raise funds to enable N-Vision to assist more people across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre who are having trouble with their vision.
Martyn’s grandfather, Maurice Green, a 92-year-old retired analytical chemist from Lytham, was diagnosed a couple of years ago with atrophy of the retina, which gives him very limited vision.
Maurice initially heard about the services of N-Vision through a personal recommendation and later dropped in on N-Vision’s Open Day at their premises on Bosworth Place, Squires Gate.
He left impressed by the support he was given and was allowed to trial several home appliances to see if they helped him during his day to day life.
Martyn said: “My grandfather’s quality of life has been improved by enabling him to keep his independence, hear what is happening in the local area and still live life in full.
“He urges anyone with sight problems to check out these services that N-Vision provides.”
Martyn, who works for Submarine Manufacturing and Products Ltd in Newton and who is also a local Greenpeace network co-ordinator, added: “I watched the London Marathon as a child on TV and have always dreamed of taking part.
“Having applied unsuccessfully for the past few years I thought I would never be picked, but I was lucky enough to be given a ballot place this year, which gives me the option to run for a charity of my choice.
“I am proud to support N-Vision to enable them to continue the good work they are doing across all three local boroughs.
“I have been training hard for this marathon, including joining a running club, participating in Veganuary and doing a variety of fitness classes and runs – the hardest being running the Preston Guild Wheel on a cold, wet Sunday afternoon in February.”
To make a donation to N-Vision via Martyn’s JustGiving page go to www.justgiving.com/martyncoyne-nvision