Blind ex-soldier from Liverpool to take on Great South Run for Blind Veterans UK
3 October 2014 09:55
A blind ex-soldier from Liverpool is set to tackle a ten-mile run in aid of Blind Veterans UK.
34-year-old Joe Cousineau will run the Bupa Great South Run on 26 October for Blind Veterans UK.
Joe served in the 1st Battalion of the King's Regiment from 1997 to 2002, before being medically discharged after he was blinded following a road traffic accident.
Joe says: "After my accident, I lost two things that were important to me - my military career and my sight."
Since his accident, Joe has received free and comprehensive support from Blind Veterans UK, which helps ex-Service men and women to live independently regardless of when and where they served, and irrespective of how they lost their sight.
Joe says: "Blind Veterans UK is everything to me. Just in the past couple of months I have been driven around Brand's Hatch in a Formula 1 car, done adventure training like rock-climbing and kayaking, and I'm now training to be a self-defence instructor, all thanks to Blind Veterans UK. The charity has provided me with experiences I never thought were possible and given me so much confidence to get back to the real world."
A fitness fanatic, Joe is a former athlete for the Liverpool Farriers. He ran the London Marathon for Blind Veterans UK this year, and also completed a 15,000ft skydive for the charity.
After raising more than £4,000 for Blind Veterans UK, Joe says "I wish I could do more and more for Blind Veterans UK. No matter how much I do for them to try and give something back, Blind Veterans UK still gives me more. What Blind Veterans UK enables blind and vision impaired veterans to achieve and experience is fantastic."
Victoria Marshall, Events Officer at Blind Veterans UK, says "The way Joe has overcome his sight loss to take part in some of the UK's most iconic challenges - from the Great South Run to skydiving - is a huge inspiration for us all.
"Joe has already raised an incredible amount of money to help blind and vision impaired veterans - regardless of when or how they lost their sight - in his previous challenges for Blind Veterans UK."
To support Joe in his fundraising run for the Bupa Great South Run for Blind Veterans UK please visit: www.justgiving.com/joesgreatsouthrun/