A blind veteran's daughter from Cambridge finished the Cambridge Half Marathon in a brilliant 2 hours 23 minutes on Sunday, raising £900 in the process

Sam, a 44-year-old Salon Manager from Cambridge, was inspired to take part after seeing the life-changing impact we'd had on her father’s life: “My dad was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration around a year ago and it was really tough for him to adjust to life with sight loss."

“Luckily he’d served with the Royal Air Force (RAF) and so qualified for support from Blind Veterans UK. The equipment and technical support that they’ve given him has allowed him to carry on living the life he was before sight loss. For that I can’t thank them enough and wanted to give something back by challenging myself and fundraising in the process.”

Sam, a casual runner, trained hard for the event but still found it tough: “I’m no professional runner so this was a big challenge for me. I started training back in the summer and gradually built up the miles. Alongside this, I did strength training and increased my protein intake. The last two miles were extremely difficult so I’m very pleased to have completed it in 2 hours 23 minutes.” Sam’s father, Tony, a 76-year-old RAF blind veteran from St Ives, was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration 22 years after leaving the Service. He says:

"When my sight started deteriorating I was very low. Luckily Blind Veterans UK stepped in and have been absolutely marvellous. They’ve been particularly helpful by providing me with equipment that has allowed me to carry on with my model making. My Video Magnifier allows me to do the intricate work required on the models. Also, being able to meet other people in the same boat as myself both in Cambridgeshire and during weeks at the Brighton rehabilitation centre has been brilliant for my well-being.”
Blind veteran Tony

He continues: “I’m so proud of my daughter Sam not only to have finished in such a strong time but also to have raised so much money to support a great cause.”

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