Amy Little, the go-getting, marathon-running, BSL interpreter
The London Marathon is coming up and we are getting excited because we know lots of people currently training for it while also raising money for great charities. Amy Little, a freelance BSL interpreter is one. Here she tells us a little bit about why she’s running and who she’s raising sponsorship for. You can find out how to support her via the link at the bottom of this page.
How did you come to be a freelance interpreter?
“I think one of the top attractions to this profession is the ability to become freelance. For me, being freelance enables me to be selective when it comes to bookings. I am able to be comfortable and develop my skills when I am ready, therefore, producing the best outcome for everyone involved.”
What do you enjoy most about freelance interpreting?
“The most rewarding thing about being freelance is meeting and communicating with lots of people from the different agencies including Clarion but also other clients, co-workers and people from different companies.”
Why do you run?
“Why not?! I began running three years ago and the main attraction was that the exercise begins and ends at my front door. Two years, three half marathons and a 10k later and now I have signed up to the big task! (The London Marathon). I’m really enjoying the journey of getting prepared for this race and listening to my body. There are a lot of aspects of training, such as strength training, stretching, recovering and lastly running which includes different types of runs, long runs and tempo.”
Why you are fundraising for SENSE?
“As a freelance interpreter I have been fortunate to witness this charity in action, I have seen how hard they work and the difference that they make to the individuals they support. I come from a deaf family, both my parents are deaf, therefore, I understand the importance of communication and the effect it has on individuals’ quality of life. SENSE is a national charity that supports people with complex communication needs, including those who are deafblind, to be understood, connected and valued. They are there for every person who faces communication barriers in a world that relies on being able to see and hear well in order to be connected.”
For information about how you can get involved or sponsor Amy, visit her just giving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/amy-little4.