Blind Veterans UK Cadet & Youth Challenge Ambassador Simon Brown needs your help!

14 December 2012 12:27

Dear all,

I was 28 when I was shot in the head while saving the lives of six comrades in Basra, southern Iraq. I survived, but the damage to my face was catastrophic, and I lost all of the sight in one of my eyes and all but 30% of the sight in my other eye.

Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for blind ex-Servicemen and women, was there to help by providing me with first class support, rehabilitation and training. I now live independently and work both as a Memberships Officer and as an Ambassador for the charity.

I am calling on all youngsters to take part in an exciting national competition and raise awareness and vital funds for the charity in the process.

If you are aged between 10 and 18 and part of a cadet, youth or any other kind of group, then why don't you see if you are tough enough to take part in the Cadet and Youth Challenge competition run by Blind Veterans UK?

The competition challenges young people to cover a distance of 13.1 miles (the distance of a half marathon), in whatever way they would like. Examples have included all manner of activities, from cycle rides to treks to blind folded walks. Certificates and medals are to be had by all and trophies are up for grabs for the most inventive challenge as well as outstanding adult instructor!

What's more, all challenges can also be used as part of the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards Scheme expedition or as part of a BTEC first diploma in public services, which is fully endorsed by the Cadet Vocational Qualification Organisation.

If you think that the Cadet and Youth Challenge competition could be for you then email, call 020 7616 7939 or go to the Cadet Challenge page.

Thank you for your time,

Simon Brown

Cadet and Youth Challenge Competition Ambassador

Blind Veterans UK

Blind veteran Simon Brown wearing blue shirt looking at the camera