James Cameron-Lyle, a 45-year-old dad-of-three from Selkirk, got in touch with our fundraising team back in August. He was keen to complete the virtual London Marathon to raise awareness and funds, as his 14-year-old son was continuing to receive our support in coming to terms with his tinnitus.   

At the start of 2020, James’s eldest son Ewan sustained a concussion injury which left him with a collection of symptoms, including tinnitus. Ewan now mostly hears a sharp metallic sound in his ears 24/7 and experiences slight hearing loss. For Ewan tinnitus is not intermittent – it is a constant feature of his day to day life.

James shared “As a family we have been taken aback by just how many people live with the symptoms of tinnitus, and how different it can be for everyone. With the help of the BTA’s positivity, commitment and expert knowledge, Ewan is working hard to get to know these new and disruptive elements in his life.”

The Cameron-Lyle family were motivated to make this challenge a success and went above and beyond in their preparations (running over 100 miles) and on Sunday 4 October. Ewan joined his dad by cycling most of the duration on his moving bike, as well as some on his stationary bike. Gethin (age 11) and Finley (age 8) also completed some laps too – as did some local children. There was a real sense of community on the day.

Beth, Ewan’s mum, shared “We definitely felt the force of our community. James’ knee became sore at lap 8/26, a local running coach came to donate and ended up coaching James through the last 8 miles.”

Before the event James shared “As it’s my first marathon, and given my age, I’m going down the slow and steady route ... I’m aiming for a time of around four-and-a-half to five hours.” To say that he had an injury on his eighth lap, he did an amazing job in finishing the marathon in 5 hours 24 minutes, along with Ewan.

“Today was about family and community. The support was palpable – and so many tinnitus experiences from so many people. This is what is was about for us: raising funds for a fab charity and raising awareness for this crappy condition” - Beth

Thank you to: the Trustees of The Haining for their support in setting up the marquee and bunting; The Southern Reporter, their local paper, for sharing their story online and in print; to Alan Skeldon, the local running coach that supported James to finish and everyone that cheered them on!

We are so grateful to the Cameron-Lyle family for sharing their story, raising awareness within their local community and online and raising an incredible £1565 so far.