On Wednesday the 16th of November 2016 members of Leathwaite’s NY office volunteered to participate in Run in the Dark New York. These ‘pop-up’ 5k and 10k events raise awareness and funds towards finding a cure for paralysis.

This annual event has been inspired by Mark Pollock, who lost his sight in 1998, and became an adventure athlete competing in ultra-endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole.

Then in 2010, Mark fell from a second story window, which left him paralysed as a result of the damage he sustained to his spinal cord because of the fall.

Mark is now on a new expedition, this time to fast track a cure for paralysis:

UNBREAKABLE: The Mark Pollock Story from True Films on Vimeo.

Mark is acting as a catalyst for collaboration between scientists, technologists, physiologists and funding foundations as he pursues his daily training and testing regimes.

The Trust hopes that this will help the global community of people with spinal cord injuries that, like Mark, currently have no hope of recovery.

The Leathwaite team were very proud to join the NY “Run in the Dark”, an event replicated in several cities around the world to raise awareness of this great cause.

Here they all are, still smiling, after the run:

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Raising awareness and funds for the Mark Pollock Trust

Thank you to everyone who visited our fundraising page! We are incredibly close to reaching our sponsorship target of $1,000 by the end of November 2016:

Sponsor Leathwaite on Justgiving: donate to the Mark Pollock Trust here