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Blind amputee to tackle 2014’s toughest trek

Date
2 October 2013 16:30

Clive will be one of the participants in Blind Veterans UK’s London to Brighton 100km walk in June 2014.

Clive Huntingford is a former Navy communicator who served in the Falklands.  Having experienced sight loss, Clive is one of Blind Veterans UK's members.

He will also be one of the participants in Blind Veterans UK's London to Brighton 100km walk in June 2014.

Clive is 58 and lives in Wellingborough.  He has been a member of Blind Veterans UK since 2012.  He is inspired by the support he has received by Blind Veterans UK and has decided to take on this staggering challenge in 2014.

Clive is a double-inspiration because not only is he visually-impaired, but being diabetic means that he had to have one of his feet amputated.  Despite clear hurdles in his way, Clive is determined to succeed.

Clive told us

"It just seemed a good way to give back a tiny modicum of the support that I've received from Blind Veterans UK. They've been helping me through a traumatic time in my life in every conceivable way. Most importantly of all, they've made sure that my family gets the support they need, that my blindness doesn't impact on them either."

Clive will not be undertaking this challenge alone.  With the help of his wife, Anne, he has been walking five miles a day while training for the event.  By Christmas, they are aiming to start walking 15 miles per day.  Clive said that they have their minds set on completing the walk and are determined to prove their worth next year.

Clive is an ordinary man with extraordinary courage and dedication. He says that his Royal Navy training helps him concentrate on achieving his goals.  He insists that blindness and an amputated foot will not stand in his way.

If you want to join Clive and the other walkers on the 100km walk, talk to us before 31 October 2013 to benefit from our early bird discount.

Walk details

Dates: Saturday 21-Sunday 22 June 2014

Cost: £75 per person or £100 per relay team

Cost includes: Hot food at three rest stops, snacks and refreshments along the route, first aiders en route as well as an event t-shirt.

Should you fancy taking on the challenge with a friend, we are also introducing two-man relay teams.  This means that you can take part in twos and walk 50km of the trek each.

The walk takes participants from south London, through countryside paths in Surrey, Sussex and the North and South Downs, and ends at our centre in Ovingdean, Brighton.  We challenge walkers to complete the route in 24 hours but will happily accommodate those who take longer.