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Every penny raised by this team will go towards I CAN’s work with some of the 1.2 million children in the UK with a speech, language and communication need (SLCN)

Japanese Olympic Marathon runners, including Miss Yoshimi Ozaki, Miss Risa Shigetomo, Mr.Arata Fujiwara and Mr.Kentaro Nakamoto are joining a team of 100 runners competing in the BUPA London 10,000 on Sunday 27th May for I CAN, the children’s communication charity.

The race, which starts on The Mall, with over 15,000 registered runners, is an opportunity for the Japanese Olympic runners to practise part of the planned Olympic route. The I CAN running team include 26 runners from Openreach, a BT Group Business, in addition to runners from Unum, who chose I CAN as their Charity of the Year 2012 and Print Data Solutions Ltd.

Virginia Beardshaw, I CAN Chief Executive said, “We are thrilled to have 100 runners participating in BUPA London 10,000 this Sunday for I CAN, the children’s communication charity. Every penny raised by this team will go towards I CAN’s work with some of the 1.2 million children in the UK with a speech, language and communication need (SLCN) . It is an exciting year for sport, and I am pleased that so many I CAN supporters are taking part in this event. We wish everyone the best of luck for Sunday’s race, and I look forward to congratulating the I CAN team at the finish line!”

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For more information, pictures or interviews, please contact Emma Selim (Senior Press and PR Officer) on 0207 843 2543 or eselim@ican.org.uk

Notes to editors:

About I CAN

• I CAN is the children’s communication charity. http://www.ican.org.uk or http://www.talkingpoint.org.uk
• We are here to ensure that no child is left out or left behind because of a difficulty speaking or understanding.
• Nobody wants a child’s potential to be wasted. It happens because communication difficulties are not visible, often mistaken for something else, or not noticed at all.
• I CAN’s mission is to make sure that everyone in contact with children knows how important communication is, what a communication difficulty looks like and what they can do to help.
• We do this through:
- Increasing public awareness of the problems children face.
- Giving advice to parents and families about what to look out for and what to do via our enquiry service.
- Providing assessments for children so that their families know what support will meet their needs.
- Giving teachers and people working with children the skills to help children who struggle.
- Campaigning to ensure children and families get a better deal.
- Producing resources, DVDs, posters and other information to help parents and practitioners support children with their communication development.

At the very heart of I CAN are our special schools which give expert care and education to children with problems so severe their needs cannot be met elsewhere.

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