Walk 100km and help blind veterans

A CHARITY is challenging residents from Woking to walk 100km from London to Brighton in 24 hours.

The gauntlet has been thrown down by Blind Veterans UK in a bid to raise funds for its national which helps  blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

The marathon walk, which takes place on  7-8 July 2018, will see participants start off at the Hammersmith and Fulham Rugby Club, before crossing the North Downs, walking via woodland and small villages to Sussex and through the South Downs.

Guests are able to take part either individually, as part of a team or as part of a relay. Teams sign up as groups of five, with members competing alongside one another. Relay teams sign up as groups of four, with members completing 25km each.

Sophie Hill, fundraising events manager for Blind Veterans UK, says: “Competing in the 100k London to Brighton is like nothing else.

“Spread over the course of 24 life-changing hours, it’s provided thousands of participants with memories, friendships and achievements that they’ll cherish with them for the rest of their lives.

“One of the many benefits of it being a walking challenge is that it gives competitors the chance to interact with the very inspirational veterans they are fundraising for; brave men and women who’ve discovered life beyond sight loss and are continuing to reach new sporting heights.’’

Registration is currently open with a fee of £50 for individual and team entrants, and £100 for relay teams. There is a minimum sponsorship pledge of £300 for individuals, £1,250 for teams and £500 for teams.

The all-inclusive entrance fee includes lunch, dinner and breakfast at numerous rest stops, snacks and refreshments along the route and a free event t-shirt.

To sign up for the Blind Veterans UK 100k, please visit blindveterans.org.uk/100k.

Blind Veterans UK was founded in 1915 and the charity’s initial purpose was to help and support soldiers blinded in the First World War. But the organisation has gone on to support more than 35,000 blind veterans and their families, spanning WWII to recent conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan.

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