British Blind Sport has shared today that one of the people running in this year’s London Marathon to raise funds for the organization, Jack Beckford, had his fundraising pot stolen. The theft occurred while Beckford was on a break from fundraising and in his office. Police have informed Beckford that even if the thieves are caught, it is unlikely he will recover any of the money.
Beckford is running in the London Marathon in April to raise funds for British Blind Sport in honor of his late grandfather, who lost his vision and declared legally blind as a result of complications related to diabetes. Beyond having a pot to solicit donations, he also has an online donation page at justgiving.com, where he has goal of raising £1500 (€1,970, US$2,150) for British Blind Sport. To date, he has raised only £245 online from donations from eleven individuals.
British Blind Sport is a registered charity in the United Kingdom. Their mission is to organize competitive sporting events for people with vision impairments, support people with vision impairments in their desire to participate in sport more broadly, to classify visually impaired competitors to insure fair competition, to support educators in insuring that children with vision impairments are included in play and sporting activities, and to assist sporting organizations in being more inclusive to people with vision impairments.