Fitness instructor calls on fundraisers to sign up to 100k challenge for Blind Veterans UK

7 October 2014 10:10

A West Sussex fitness instructor who set up a team to complete the Blind Veterans UK 100k challenge this year is calling on more people to take on the event.

In June this year, 44 year old Nikki Bailey from Burgess Hill walked the 100k in memory of her grandfather, Charles Yonwin Cartwright, who was in a bomb disposal unit during the Second World War.

The 100k is Blind Veterans UK's biggest annual fundraiser and challenges participants to complete the entire route within 24 hours. People can take part in relay teams or individually.

We are offering an early bird discount for those who sign up now for the 100k via our website.

Nikki organised a team of walkers over the internet, who as the Stride On Time team raised more than £2,800 for Blind Veterans UK.

She said "In the run-up I was absolutely petrified about whether or not I was going to be able to manage to complete the 100k. When we got walking though, I knew I was going to see it through. I had a great team to walk with and met some amazing and inspirational people on the way.

"When we arrived at the Blind Veterans UK centre in Brighton, I met some of the people supported by the charity. Knowing that the money I'd raised was going towards helping them made it all worthwhile."

Over 300 participants set off from south London, taking in the sights along the banks of the Thames and countryside of Surrey, Sussex and the North and South Downs, finishing at the Blind Veterans UK's Brighton centre in Ovingdean.

Registration has now opened for the 2015 100k event which is set to be even bigger as we celebrate 100 years of service next year. New for the centenary year, participants can choose a 50k or 100k route, which they can walk or run.

Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan's) provides blind and vision impaired ex-Service men and women with lifelong support including rehabilitation, training, welfare support, residential and respite care.

We need 500 people to take part in the 100k, which will help to continue to provide a lifetime's practical and emotional support to over 3,900 veterans, regardless of when they served and how they lost their sight.

To find out more and to sign up for Blind Veterans UK's 100k London to Brighton challenge, visit