Trixie Kearsey

AGE: 30

home: Maidstone Kent

Profession: Volunteer

Parallel challenge: 10k

"On the way back from rugby training last September I was brutally assaulted and now have profound bilateral hearing loss. I’m taking part in Parallel London because running saved my life that night. A year on I want to take off my stabilisers and run for myself and for all those who have supported me.

"I’m fundraising for Victim Support, who have been utterly amazing since my attack. I had no idea the extent of the support they give. They sat me down and prepared me for every stage of the court process, paid for taxis so I felt secure enough to travel to and from my crisis counselling, provided food vouchers and even found me emergency accommodation. They’ve been there every step of the way and still are. I’d like to give a special mention to David Naylor and Anne Evans. Thank you so much for everything.

"Another event that changed my world completely was developing generalised idiopathic epilepsy at the age of 19. I was having up to 21 seizures a day. Medication can help and I take 30 odd tablets daily, but it means I can no longer work or drive myself, which is hard. But probably the hardest thing I've had to face is going from the hearing to non-hearing world since my attack where listening and communicating are difficult.

"Thanks to British Sign Language (BSL) courses at Hi Kent I now have the confidence to be able to communicate and not let my loss of hearing stop me achieving. I’ve passed by BSL Level 1 thanks to my brilliant teacher Karen Belcher and I’m looking forward to Level 2 in September.

"Throughout everything rugby has remained a constant in my life. When I’m on the pitch I’m no different to anyone else. I’m a player. I’ve played for Surrey and Middlesex and I now play for England Deaf and am still a member of my old local team New Ash Green. Lots of places turn you away if they know you’re epileptic, but my New Ash Green coach has been fantastic and created a card system so that I can a carry on playing. He wears green, yellow and red colour cards around his neck and holds them up intermittently to keep an eye on how I’m feeling. If I nod at red or don’t respond I’m taken off that pitch in an instant.

"I think Parallel London is an amazing idea. I prefer rugby over running if I’m honest, but I love what Parallel stands for – everyone coming together as one. If I can raise disability awareness and help just one person it’s worth it."

My goal: "#roadto dream, believe, achieve"

My top tip: "Make a playlist. Songs to run to, songs that make you smile, and best of all songs that make you dance like no one's watching"

If you would like to participate and raise funds for Victim Support, click on their logo to find out more...