Family cycle 320 miles in honour of their blind veteran grandfather.

Date
3 August 2016 11:09

Morris Lashbrook was born in 1916 and joined the Army in 1933 at 17 years old. He served as a driver in the Royal Army Service Corps and was later transferred to the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers during the Second World War. He served in Malta, Egypt, Lebanon, Italy, Austria and Germany before leaving the Army in 1958 as a Warrant Officer Class II.

A few years ago Morris was diagnosed with age related macular degeneration and began receiving support from our charity. It was this support that inspired his granddaughter Caroline to raise funds for us.

Caroline says: “My grandad was an incredible man, a true gentleman, loyal, kind, generous, and unbelievably strong. He was also very active thanks to, not only his attitude, but also Blind Veterans UK. Without their help he wouldn’t have been able to do many everyday tasks like planting vegetables, preparing them or writing a grocery list.

“His determination and the support he received from Blind Veterans UK to help him keep his independence is why we wanted to do this cycle. It means a lot to our entire family to give something back for the years of support from such a great charity.”

Caroline, her brother Dom and boyfriend Mike began their cycle ride in Mitcham, London and raised an incredible £1,500.

She adds: “We were all incredibly excited to finally start our journey on the Wednesday though the terrain proved a bit of a reality check for those of us with road bikes rather than mountain bikes.

“The cycle proved to us that it’s not just about your physical abilities but also your mentality, how you go about in life, which we learned from our grandfather.”

You can still support Caroline and her family for cycling more than 300 miles in memory of their grandfather in aid of our charity. Please visit justgiving.com/Morris-Lashbrook.