double amputee's £14,000 appeal for running blades
Burnham-On-Sea man hopes to raise £14,000 to help his passion
of running for charities.
French has been a double below-the-knee amputee since birth, but
recently began running in an effort to become healthier.
28-year-old currently uses prosthetic legs to walk and run but with
half marathons being planned, Toby would love specialist running
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "My goal is to fund raise £14,000
for a pair of running blades. This means I will be able to run longer
have been trying to get active for a long time on the legs I have
at the moment but these are holding me back when it comes to running."
said he always believed in being fit but for some reason never got
into it and adds that fitness has become his hobby and that he wants
to motivate others too.
want to get to a point where I can take part in half marathons,
tough mudders and other fundraising events," he says.
primary charity I want to fundraise for is COPS (Care Of Police
Survivors) and I am due to take part in Bristol Tough Mudder 5K
on May 19th, which is more of a personal thing."
want to use that to help fundraise towards the blades. If I get
over my target i will give the extra to COPS."
Of Police Survivors is a registered charity that supports families
of police officers who have lost their lives while on duty.
says that he recently started with local personal trainer Sonny
Topham and has attempted a 5k run, which he completed in 48 mins.
explained that running on his current legs is 'difficult and painful'
since the sleeve system that holds them on can tear very easily
- whereas the running blades are designed to absorb more of the
impact during running and would feel more comfortable.
support Toby, see his JustGiving page by clicking