Saturday 15th September 2012
Military staff and their families walked up Wales' highest peak completely blindfolded to raise awareness about Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for blind ex-Service men and women, and raised a staggering £2891 in the process.
A cheque presentation involving all of the staff who took part will take place at the charity's Llandudno centre today. Hannah Smith who is just 10 years old is the youngest member of the group to take part.
The fundraising challenge up Mount Snowdon saw thirteen members of staff from the Joint Service Mountain Training Wing, Capel Curig - known as JSMTW(CC) - trek the 3,560 ft distance to the top of the mountain while blindfolded and aided by fully sighted staff.
The event was organised by the training centre and Blind Veterans UK in a bid to raise awareness of the impact of visual impairment on serving and ex-serving soldiers. Prior to the date, specialist training on guiding the visually impaired was provided by Blind Veterans UK staff at its Llandudno Centre.
Blind Veterans UK, formerly St Dunstan's, believes that no one who's served our country should battle blindness alone. Its centre in Llandudno is the newest of the charity's three centres and has offered training, rehabilitation, holidays, respite, and nursing care to numerous blind veterans since it opened a year ago.
Mark Lovatt, who is the Centre Manager at the Llandudno Centre, said:
"We are enormously grateful to JSMTW(CC) for raising such a lot of money in aid of Blind Veterans UK. Not only will this valuable contribution help us continue to provide training and rehabilitation to the blind veterans we support, but it has also helped to raise awareness about the challenges they face. We hope that we will maintain the excellent relationship we have with the Capel Curig Training Camp, and look forward to some of its staff members guiding some of our veterans at this year's Remembrance Day march to the Cenotaph".
Major Al Seaton, Officer Commandng, JSMTW(CC) said:
"The walk was far harder than I anticipated. The additional physical and emotional strain of not being able to see where I was putting my feet was indescribable".
Back row - Hannah Smith, Helen Smith, Ken Facal, Colin
Williamson, Lt Col Shirras, Darren Jones, LSgt Rowe
Middle from right - WO2 Bradford, LSgt Fisher, Bdr Evans, Fiona Thomas, Brenda Williamson, Kirsty Chekansky Maj Seaton, LCpl Legg. Photo was taken by Al Richards, who also completed the trek.
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Notes to Editor
Blind Veterans UK
Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan's) is a national charity that believes that no-one who has served our country should have to battle blindness alone. It provides blind and vision impaired ex-Service men and women with lifelong support including welfare support, rehabilitation, training, residential and respite care.
The charity needs £100 million over 5 years to provide lifelong support to blind ex-Service men and women. Find out more at: www.blindveterans.org.uk, and follow us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/blindveteransuk and on Twitter at: twitter.com/blindveterans.
Joint Service Mountain Training Wing (Capel Curig) JSMTW(CC) is a tri-service adventure training centre located in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park delivering Adventure Training courses to all members of the Armed Forces.