Ex-Submariner urges all to take part in summer’s toughest trek

Date
6 February 2013 10:00

Ex-submariner, Chris Parfitt has decided to take on summer's toughest trek for the second year in a row to raise money for Blind Veterans UK, and urges all to do the same!

Ex-submariner, Chris Parfitt has decided to take on summer's toughest trek for the second year in a row to raise money for Blind Veterans UK, and urges all to do the same.

Lines are now open for people to sign up for this year's 100k London to Brighton walk in aid of Blind Veterans UK, which is our biggest fundraiser.

Over a gruelling 24 hour period it 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.

Chris Parfitt, from East Grinstead in West Sussex, has already got his place and is raring to go. Chris served as an able seaman for 14 years with Royal Naval Submarine Service, and as a result has a strong attachment to the Armed Forces. He is keen to raise as much money as possible for Blind Veterans UK.

Chris said: "I have always admired the way in which people can cope with their disabilities, but I cannot think of anything worse than losing my sight. I have come to know about the fantastic work of Blind Veterans UK, and have been really impressed to know about the impact it has on the lives of blind veterans".

We are encouraging people to take part in pairs and teams, which is exactly what Chris did with some fellow ex-submariners last year. He says that he is determined to beat his time from last year.

Tracy Stratford, Senior Events Officer at Blind Veterans UK, said: "We are so very grateful to every one of our challengers and we will be here every step of the way to support them. This includes sending our walkers regular updates, extensive event information, fundraising support, training tips and guides, and much needed hot food and drinks on the day.

"The walk is not just a good way of doing something very strenuous and amazing for charity, it also takes place in the sunshine, in one of the most beautiful parts of the country".

The 100K London to Brighton 24 hour walk will take place between Saturday 22 June and Sunday 23 June 2013. If you would like to take part in the fun and do something amazing for charity, then contact Jackson at Blind Veterans UK for more information on 0207 6167927, fundraising@blindveterans.org.uk or go to www.walk100.org.uk

You can support Chris at www.justgiving.com/Chris-Parfitt2