Blind Iraq veteran on 1000 mile charity cycle going from Land’s End to John O’Groats to stop in home town tomorrow
14 Jun 2019 15:00
A British Army veteran who lost his sight completely in 2007 is taking on a gruelling challenge to raise money for two sight loss charities.
Craig ‘Freddie’ Lundberg, a former Corporal in the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, will set off on the long journey with sighted pilot Callum Edge. The pair will cycle for 10 days in a row, going all the way from Land’s End to John O’Groat’s.
Tomorrow (15/06), that challenge will see them stop off in Craig’s home town for a special event on the dockside in Liverpool.
The Blind Tandem Challenge team will be arriving at Delifonseca Dockside at approximately 11:00 and the public are invited to cheer them on and help see them off as they continue their journey. Visitors will be able to take part in a static bike challenge, enjoy live music and food.
This is a challenge that Craig didn’t think he’d ever be able to take on after losing his sight during a rooftop battle in Basra in March 2007.
Craig lost his left eye instantly and his right eye was damaged beyond repair. Incredibly, he tried to continue fighting.
“I got up and demanded my rifle, but it had been bent by the force of the blast. My mate got me another rifle and I tried to carry on firing. But I only managed a few steps before I collapsed.”Blind veteran Craig Lundberg
Doctors managed to keep Craig alive but they couldn't save his sight. Craig was flown back to the UK knowing he would never see again. We offered him lifelong support, starting with a rehabilitation course at our Brighton centre.
Since then, Blind Veterans UK have supported Craig to continue his recovery and he’s now taking on the tandem ride to ensure more blind veterans get the same level of support.
As well as raising money for Blind Veterans UK, Craig, Callum and the rest of the team will also be supporting the charity Vision Aid Overseas.
The team have been supported by the leading convenience store group in the UK, SPAR, to allow them to take on the challenge. They will continue to be supported by SPAR throughout the journey as they make regular stops at stores each day of the ride.
You can follow Craig and the team on the facebook page @blindtandemchallenge or visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/blindtandemchallenge to support the team or text bike to 70577 to donate £10.
“Blind Veterans UK was always there for me, whenever I needed them. It’s my turn to give something back.”Craig