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Jensen, 6, is game to go; He's raising cash for deaf children.

Byline: Chris Marzella

A young deaf boy will take part in the family race around King's Park after being inspired by last year's marathon.

Six-year-old Jensen Davidson, from Fallin, will run the Thistles Great Stirling Family Run - a 2km fun run around King's Park the day before the marathon - alongside his mum, Andrena (43), in aid of Forth Valley Deaf Children's Society.

The Fallin Primary pupil was determined to take part in the race after witnessing the gruelling achievements of last year's exhausted marathon runners.

Andrena said: "Last year we were out on the streets watching the marathon and Jensen was handing out jelly babies to revive the tired runners.

"He absolutely loved it and said afterwards that he wants to be a runner one day.

"So this year we are both doing the family mile. Because he is deaf, his balance isn't the best, so he has been out cycling quite a lot to get ready.

"He's still keen to go along to the marathon again this year, armed with jelly babies."

Jensen was born with moderate bilateral sensorineural hearing loss and wears two hearing aids.

He has his own set of radio aids which transmit sounds straight to his hearing aids, which Andrena will wear on the run to make sure he can hear her.

He is one of only a few children to have personal use of radio aids, usually funded by the education chiefs. Fallin Miners' Welfare held a fundraiser a number of years ago so he could have his own.

The group was set up to provide social activities that will promote the interaction between deaf children and their hearing peers.

So far Jensen has raised around PS175 and has set himself a target of PS250.

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Publication:Stirling Observer (Stirling, Scotland)
Date:Apr 25, 2018
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