Forces veteran to hike 100k for Blind Veterans UK

8 January 2014 12:05

Forces veteran Terry Raby to tackle strenuous 100k walk from London to Brighton in 24 hours.

60 year old Terry Raby, from Northamptonshire, a former member of a bomb disposal unit in the British Army, is calling on members of the public to put themselves to the ultimate fitness test and hike 100k to raise money for Blind Veterans UK, the charity for vision impaired ex-Service men and women.

Terry served in the Royal Engineers between 1969 and 1986 as part of a bomb disposal unit and was part of a British military contingent in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion of the country.

"Working in a bomb disposal team, I saw first-hand the impact that injuries had on people, including those that rob their victims of their sight. It isn't just a case of the injury itself, it's also the fact that you often have to try to rebuild your life and re-learn old skills from scratch."

Terry set himself the challenge to get fit in the New Year after recovering from a major operation on his arm: "I simply can't think of anything better than raising money for veterans who have given their lives and souls in service of this country.

"I've raised money for Blind Veterans UK in the past because of the amazing work they do supporting veterans with sight loss and this seemed like a great way to support them and get back into shape."

Places for the event, which will kick off in Putney on Saturday 21st June, are currently open, with a registration fee of £99 per participant or £120 for a two- or four-man relay team. The entrance fee for participants includes hot food at three rest stops, snacks and refreshments along the route, support from first aiders en route and a free event t-shirt.

The event is Blind Veterans UK's biggest annual fundraiser and 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 to the charity's centre in Ovingdean, Brighton.