Stonehaven woman goes extra mile for charity

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A STONEHAVEN woman is going the extra mile this month to raise money for a charity close to her heart.

Victoria Shanks, of the town’s Queens Road, will tackle the London Marathon on April 17 in aid of the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB).

Victoria’s son Lachlan (11), an Arduthie Primary pupil, was born with a condition called oculocutaneous albinism, leaving him partially sighted and inspiring his mum to take on the challenge in aid of the RNIB.

Victoria said: “When I was lucky enough to get a place at the London Marathon in the ballot I decided to raise money for RNIB.

“This is a charity close to my heart as they support blind and partially-sighted people and their families.

“My first son Lachlan was born in 1999 and at 2 months old was diagnosed with oculocutaneous albinism which is a condition where his hair and skin have less pigment than normal and also means he is partially-sighted.”

She added: “The RNIB have helped support Lachlan and this is my way of giving something back.”

Victoria is a member of the Stonehaven Running Club, and although it will be her first time running the London Marathon, she has already clocked up six other marathons and ultramarathons.

She has raised over £1300 for the charity so far but would welcome any further donations via her webpage at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/VictoriaShanks.