Local man to run the London Marathon for charity to support a young blind footballer


Costas Kroustis is running the TCS London Marathon, returning on Sunday 21 April, in aid of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

Costas, 44, from Enfield, London, has been inspired to join Team RNIB because of a family friend, Mikey Poulli, 13, who has sight loss and dreams of becoming a professional footballer one day.

At six years old, Mikey was diagnosed with Rod-Cone Dystrophy; a genetic eye condition which affects the light-sensitive cells in the retina at the back of the eyes. He was scouted by the FA at age 7 and has been training with England ever since.

Costas taking part in the London Marathon will help the charity continue to raise awareness of the challenges blind and partially sighted people, like Mikey, face every day.

Costas, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2015, said: “My diagnosis gave me some insight into facing everyday life challenges and I wanted to help others break down those barriers, even if it’s in a small way.

“I’ve done half marathons in the past, but I’ve never done a full marathon before, this will be my first time and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m doing this for Mikey! He is without a doubt why I chose to do this for RNIB.”

Costas is a solicitor and has been boosting his donations with the support of clients, friends, and family. He has topped his target but hopes to raise even more to support the cause, and Mikey.

Chris Perrin, RNIB’s Head of Supporter Led Fundraising, said:
“Running a marathon is undoubtedly a huge challenge for anyone so we are very grateful to have Costas join Team RNIB this year for the TCS London Marathon. The funds raised will help the charity support the estimated two million people living with sight loss in the UK.”

To sponsor Costas and support RNIB, please donate at: https://www.justgiving.com/page/cos-kroustis-1692514957806.

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