It’s on the horizon again – the Bath Half marathon returns on March 4th, where people all over the country visit our fair city to set a pace and raise money for great causes. And this year we’re particularly proud and excited to announce that our very own Scott Carpenter will be getting his running shoes on to raise money for the fabulous charity Designability.

See his Just Giving Page here!

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Scott’s in training to make as much as possible for Designability, a charity that raises money to transform the lives of disabled people and those living with a long term health condition, because the scheme really resonated with him.

“My family and I are fortunate to be all fit, well and healthy,” he says. “I don’t necessarily have any emotional ties to any one charity through personal experience, but I do not take this for granted. However, I recognise there are countless families out there that are not so fortunate as ourselves.

The Wizzybug scheme really resonated with me and I felt drawn to supporting the charity. I also recognise the other important work associated with Designability.

I sometimes feel the big charities (although they do great work) can overshadow the smaller organisations, and it’s these smaller charities I personally feel are the ones that are performing best at “grass roots” level where every penny counts and not just going to help prop up and support a large payroll.

I’m also a local boy! Where possible I feel it’s important to support ones local community. Should the worse happen, as a family we would no doubt have to lean upon the support of our local community and resources.

I also didn’t want to just run blindly for a charity without having some connection. That’s why I feel strongly that I should be aware of the work you guys do and the services you provide. I can then be better informed to promote the charity and the important work that goes on. Being local I am able to do this.

So, running for a couple of hours has an insignificant impact on my life but can possibly have a large, positive impact on someone elses.”

We chatted to Caroline from Designability to find out more about just what it means to have the local support of Scott.

“Every penny that Scott raises goes towards creating great looking, easy-to-use products that go beyond basic functionality.”

Tell us about Designability

Designability is a national charity, based in Bath, transforming the lives of disabled people and those living with a long term health condition. Our aim is for people to achieve greater independence and happiness in their lives – goals that benefit all of society.

We create great looking, easy-to-use products that go beyond basic functionality. And we partner with industry to help as many people as we can – we’ve transformed over 250,000 lives in the last 50 years.

As a charity, our mission is to get the right products into the hands of those who need them. We build prototypes and develop new products in response to specific needs, in the hope that our products will inspire new markets to blossom.

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Why does it mean so much to have local support?

Bath is our home town and has been for 50 years. We are based at the RUH in Bath (we started at St Martins Hospital 50 years ago) and although we make a difference to people’s lives all over the UK (and beyond), Bath is where we live and breathe. The people of Bath are very special to us.

What kind of changes will the money that Scott raise make?

All of our work relies on donations. Every penny that Scott raises goes towards creating great looking, easy-to-use products that go beyond basic functionality. Any monies raised will be used to develop even more useful technologies. People’s lives are changed as a result of the work that Designability does.

What positive impact will it have on the lives of the people he is fundraising for?

Over 500 children have been loaned a Wizzybug over the past 7 years, our powered mobility wheelchairs that help children aged 14 months – 5 years with limited mobility. Without donations we could not have developed our DayClock, Simple Music Player and One Button Radio which help people living with dementia. We’ve transformed the lives of over 250,000 people in the last 50 years and would like to continue doing so for another 50!

Please do sponsor him – we’ll be sharing his Just Giving page all over social media too so there’ll be plenty of opportunities to pop some pennies and pounds his way.