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Grandfather’s memory and good cause inspire charity run

Posted May 12 2011 1:00pm

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In memory of her late Grandfather and the work he carried out during his life, 29 year old Rachel Hendrick from London has decided to raise money for Deafness Research UK, taking on the challenge of running 13 miles on 4 September in the Glasgow half marathon. She currently studies at Strathclyde University in the city, the same university where her Grandfather, Dr Lionel Naftalin carried out much of his work, researching the theory of hearing. You can sponsor Rachel at

Rachel had already entered the Great Scottish half marathon, prior to her Grandfather’s death in March this year, in what she describes as a moment of madness: “My entry was already confirmed. When he died I decided to use the opportunity to raise money for a good cause in his memory. His work focused on research into hearing and ironically he suffered from profound hearing loss as he got older. I therefore chose to raise money for Deafness Research UK.” Rachel said: ”My Grandfather was 96 and died peacefully in his sleep but it was somewhat of a shock as he was in relatively good health. He’d only celebrated his retirement from his role as an Honorary Research Fellow at Strathclyde University last year at 95, where his work included research into the structure and function of the inner ear.“

Before moving to and working in Glasgow, Dr Lionel Naftalin had worked as a hospital doctor in Lincoln, retiring for the first time from the NHS in 1979. Previously living in London and working in publishing, Rachel moved to Glasgow last October to study for a PhD. “This is my first attempt at doing anything like this” Rachel said. ”I run, but I’ve never run this distance before, so I have some training to do, which is easier now the weather’s getting better, although you have to grab your moments in Glasgow!”

“My Grandfather was very active in his support of, and involvement in, various campaigns and charities, and his work obviously had a direct link to Deafness Research UK. I’d be very grateful to anyone who will sponsor me in my attempt to raise money in memory of my Grandfather and for this very worthy cause.”

Danny Whiteside, Individual Giving Fundraiser at Deafness Research UK, said: “It’s great to hear about Rachel’s fundraising efforts and we are so grateful for the much needed individual fundraising people do on behalf of the charity. Our funding and ongoing research is entirely dependent on the efforts of people like Rachel supporting us, and the generosity of people leaving us donations in their wills, for example.

“Anyone wishing to join Rachel at the Glasgow half marathon, or wishing to do anything else to help our charity are welcome to give me a call for a fundraising pack, running vest or just some general advice, support and encouragement!”

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