A man from Surrey is dedicating a whole year to completing a number of endurance challenges to raise money for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.
Chris Bennett, 56 and from Bookham, will be taking on the Prudential RideLondon 100 on Sunday 4 August to raise funds. The cycle spans 100 miles from London to the Surrey Hills. This challenge has come shortly after he completed the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon in the French Alps in July. He says: “I think Blind Veterans is a great charity who are really helping change people’s lives, and I wanted to show support for people who have served their country in the past”.
As the editor of Optician magazine, Chris first came in contact with the charity when he was writing about the services which it provides. His challenges will also be raising money for the charity SeeAbility. He says: “I have secured £1,440 in sponsorship”.
Although Chris is no stranger to these challenges, he continues to train hard for each event to improve his strength and endurance. He explains: “I have been cycling to work to improve my bike strength and I swam through the winter in the Brockwell lido and in a lake near Dorking”.
Chris encourages others to follow in his footsteps and take on a challenge. He says:
"Give it a go. Most big events are really good fun and you will meet some inspiring and funny people."