Altham former soldier to rev up and ride cross-county for Blind Veterans UK

Date
1 April 2015 12:22

An former Royal Signals Sergeant from Lancashire will be motorcycling from Gloucestershire to Sussex to raise money for Blind Veterans UK

Paul Carter, 54, and from Altham, near Accrington, will be taking part in Ride for Life Beyond Sight Loss, the charity's annual motorcycling event, for a second time this year.

He is among 15 riders from Blue Knights England, a law enforcement bike club with 20,000 members in 22 countries worldwide.

He says, "I'm very excited because I've enlisted more Blue Knights this year and have tried to make everyone aware of Blind Veterans UK. I want to spread the word about the brilliant work done by the charity."

He will be riding to Blind Veterans UK's Brighton Centre, which provides free support, rehabilitation, training to veterans with sight loss.

Paul joined the Royal Corps of Signals in 1977 and served as a Driver Lineman. He serviced vehicles and laid communication cables and wiring to support the British Army in the Field. His cousin, who rode with him last year, is ex-RAF and his nephew served in the Scots Guards.

After leaving the Army he was a prison officer for 16 years, which made him eligible to join the Blue Knights. He now works as a track inspector on the railways.

Paul says, "I decided to ride again this year because I was inspired by meeting the veterans, especially Billy Baxter, who holds the Solo World Land Speed Record for blind motorcycling and kicked off last year's event."

He adds, "I had a hog roast and a few drinks with the veterans in Brighton, after the ride, and felt a real camaraderie hearing their stories."

Paul will be on his BMW 1200GS for the 140-mile ride beginning at the Fire Training College in Moreton-in-Marsh and ending at the Blind Veterans UK centre in Ovingdean, Brighton, to support the charity in its centenary year.

Places for Ride for Life Beyond Sight Loss on Saturday 15 August 2015 are currently available for a registration fee of £15 per rider. The event kicks off at Moreton-in-Marsh at 9am and end with a BBQ at the Brighton Centre later that day. There's one stop at Loomies Cafe in Petersfield to pick up riders for the finish.

To sign up for Ride for Life Beyond Sight Loss and read about Blind Veterans UK's work, go to www.blindveterans.org.uk/bikeride or call Rachel Chitty on 01273 391455.

To learn more about Blue Knights England, go to http://www.blueknightsengland5.co.uk/