Surbhi Joshi, a locum optometrist in the city of London, took part in this year's London Marathon to raise funds for the charity group Vision Care for Homeless People (VCHP). Not only did Joshi complete the entire 26.2-mile marathon on April 23rd, she also raised over £700 for VCHP.
Although Joshi completed two half marathons in past, she said she was a bit nervous taking on the London Marathon for the first time. Although she was afraid she wouldn't finish this run, she ended up completing the entire marathon in less than five hours.
When asked why Joshi chose to support VCHP, she told reporters that she actually worked for this charity organization in the past. Joshi volunteered as an optometrist with a group called Crisis last December. Crisis worked with VCHP during the Christmas season. Joshi said she was gladdened to see the amazing benefit homeless Londoners received from VCHP's services.
Initially, Joshi was only hoping to raise £500 in donations for her cause. As of today, Joshi has raised £771 from 24 generous donors to help VCHP.
In addition to providing free eye screenings, VCHP helps homeless Londoners obtain glasses. Every VCHP mobile clinic has a professional optometrist, clinic assistants, a dispensing optician, and a few volunteers. The charity group now has three clinics in the areas of Shepherd's Bush, Marylebone, and Spitalfields.
On Joshi's Virgin Money Giving webpage, she suggested people who couldn't donate to VCHP should try to volunteer for Sewa Day. The charity Sewa Day asks people to donate their time rather than their money to people in need.
The London Marathon began way back in 1981 and has been held in the capital city every year in the month of April. Virgin Money now sponsors the London Marathon and encourages participants and spectators to donate to various worthy causes.