A GRANDSON from Colne is currently in training for the London Marathon in a bid to raise awareness and money for a charity close to his heart.
Father-of-two Joe Platt (44), of Spring Grove, is completing the April challenge for Action for Blind People — after his grandfather Douglas Platt was blinded in a playground accident at West Street Community Primary School in the early 1900s.
He said: “My grandfather was left blind at seven or eight-years-old following a playground accident.
“He was playing marbles in the schoolyard. The other lads were playing football, and the ball bounced over and my grandfather got kicked in the head. At that time it was brain damage or going blind.
“He was a well-known Colne character, who used to sell newspapers.
“I am looking forward to the marathon, but am also full of dread.”
Completing a 26-mile trek was also something on Joe’s “bucket list”.
He has been training for the marathon since October, and hoped to complete a 20-mile run by the end of the Easter weekend. He has also signed up to take part in this year’s Pennine Lancashire 10k in June.
To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/JOE-PLATT or text 70070 with Joe’s code and an amount. For example, PLAT55 £10.
l Action for Blind People is dedicated to ensuring blind and partially sighted people receive practical help and support in all aspects of their lives.