Former Haverfordwest mayor calls others to join him in tackling 100k for Blind Veterans UK
3 March 2015 16:34
An ex- soldier and former town Mayor of Haverfordwest is calling on others to join him in tackling the Blind Veterans UK 100k London to Brighton challenge.
Mike Davies, 77, is passionate about raising vital funds for charities and this year decided to focus his fundraising towards Blind Veterans UK, a military charity celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2015.
Mike says "For many years I have supported several national and local charities 2 to 3 times a year. I've resisted favouring one more than the other. However, this year I am restricting myself to support just one charity, Blind Veterans UK, in their centenary year."
Mike joined the Army in 1957 where he became part of the Parachute Regiment and later the Royal Welch Fusiliers. Mike was a Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM), which is the highest rank for a non-commissioned officer. He went on operational tours to Malaya, Cyprus, Korea, Hong Kong and Northern Ireland. Later he became an instructor at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst.
Mike participated in the Blind Veterans UK 100k London to Brighton challenge in 2013 and found the experience very enjoyable.
Mike says "I completed the London to Brighton trek in 2013 in less than 23 hours and found that the Blind Veterans UK team was incredibly caring to both first timers and more experienced participants.
"The finish line is very near to the entrance of the Blind Veterans UK Brighton centre and the residents and visitors of the centre made us all feel incredible welcome after the long walk."
Mike is now calling on others to join him this year in the Blind Veterans UK 100k London to Brighton challenge.
He says "If you or someone you know would like to get involved, then please sign up now! I would love to meet up with fellow Pembrokeshire Corgies on the start line and see your faces light up as you complete the 100k."
Registration for the walk, which will kick off in Putney on Saturday 6th June, is currently open with a registration fee of £50 per participant for the 50km or £75 for the 100km. Teams taking part in the relay have a registration fee of £120. The all-inclusive entrance fee for participants includes hot food at three rest stops, snacks and refreshments along the 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.
Mike says "If you have always wanted to 'have a go' but felt a little fearful of failure, please be assured that 100K in 24 hours can be achieved with a planned training programme and sensible eating between now and 5th June."
Blind Veterans UK needs 500 people to take part in the 100k, which will help the charity to continue to provide a lifetime's practical and emotional support to over 4,000 veterans, regardless of when they served and how they lost their sight.
To find out more about Blind Veterans UK's 100k challenge, and to sign up for the event, visit www.blindveterans.org.uk/100k.
To support Mike as he takes on the Blind Veterans UK 100k London to Brighton challenge, please visit www.justgiving/mike-davies61.