Going the extra mile to raise funds for tinnitus charity

The British Tinnitus Association (BTA) will hopefully benefit from the charity running efforts of a Loughborough University student who planned to run the Nike Run to the Beat half marathon in London at the weekend.

Becky, 21, chose to run for the charity as both her parents suffer from tinnitus.

Tinnitus is a recognised industrial illness which causes the sufferer to perceive sounds in their ears which have no external source. Sufferers hear noise such as continuous ringing and buzzing and extreme cases can be severely debilitating, causing loss of hearing, inability to sleep, and depression.

Becky said, "I've taken up running while at university to keep fit, and I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the condition, support the British Tinnitus Association, and take part in my first half marathon."

David Stockdale, chief executive of the British Tinnitus Association, said, "The BTA offers help and support so that people can learn to manage tinnitus successfully.

"Six million adults in the UK have tinnitus, and without the efforts of runners such as Becky the BTA would struggle to raise the £250,000 we need each year to continue to offer our free services."


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