Blind Veteran Charlie sets a mean pace when it comes to March for Veterans – with a time of under three hours, he was the first participant across the finish line of 2019’s Brighton March for Veterans.
Charlie says: “It was a lovely day out and a lovely little course – it’d be a great first challenge for someone starting out with longer distance walks. It’s also a great chance to get to know the charity, and meet new people in general. The support we get from the fundraising team is brilliant.”
In 2020 he’s taking up a new challenge and set his sights on smashing the 10 miles of cross-country in the Beachy Head March for Veterans event. The route will follow part of the beautiful South Downs way and arrive back in the coastal town of Eastbourne.
“I thought I’d give myself a bit more of a challenge. I take part in regular fitness weeks at the Blind Veterans UK centre in Brighton, and in the New Year I’m going to start going in the gym and get fitter. The team there are brilliant, they’re so approachable and nothing is too big or small for them to help you with.
“The charity is life-changing and life-saving. It saved my life – I’m indebted to them for the rest of my life and I know lots of other blind veterans who would say the same. It’s the reason I do what I do – I’m trying to get other people involved, spread the word and help raise money for the charity.”