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Ex- soldier takes on summer’s toughest trek in thanks of support charity has shown blind comrade

Date
17 June 2013 13:45

An ex-Soldier who has served in Northern Ireland, Rwanda, Yugoslavia and Desert Storm has decided to take on Blind Veterans UK’s gruelling 100k London to Brighton walk. An ex-Soldier who has served in Northern Ireland, Rwanda, Yugoslavia and Desert Storm has decided to take on Blind Veterans UK's gruelling 100k London to Brighton walk as a way of saying thanks to the charity that has supported his friend with his battle against sight loss.

Barry Palmer, 46, who lives in London, served with the Scots Guards for 12 years and has since become Director of Security at a hotel. He decided to support Blind Veterans UK, when he saw the impact it had on his friend and former comrade in the Scots Guards.

Barry says: "During my time in the military I saw some horrific injuries, but what touched me the most was seeing a friend blinded by shrapnel from a mine. His wife was pregnant with their first child at the time, and so he never got to see his baby. I remember him telling me about the help he received from Blind Veterans UK to get his life back together, which is why I am doing this walk for them".

Blind Veterans UK's 100k walk takes walkers from a starting point in south London, along the banks of the Thames, through countryside paths in Surrey, Sussex and the North and South Downs, and ends at the charity's centre in Ovingdean, Brighton where much deserved food and drink await all.

Barry says: "This year will the third year in a row that I have tackled the 100k walk for Blind Veterans UK. After the first time I did it I said to myself that I would never do it again, as I underestimated just how hard it would be. But after meeting some of the other members of Blind Veterans UK and seeing the challenges they face due to their sight loss, I decided that a few blisters and a bit of lost sleep was a little price to pay. I actually enjoyed the challenge last two times I did it - the scenery is great and we had a few laughs on the way."

To support Barry Palmer as he takes on Blind Veterans UK's 100k walk, please visit his Just Giving page.

To find out about the walk and all of the other Blind Veterans UK's fundraising events visit the events calendar.