Former Sailor from Newhaven tackles 100k for military charity

1 April 2015 10:28

A former Royal Navy sailor from Newhaven will walk 100k this June to raise vital funds for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision impaired ex-Service men and women and he is calling on others to join him.

Joe Suttill, 31 and from Newhaven, loves a challenge and decided to go for something a bit more extreme by taking on the Blind Veterans UK 100k London to Brighton event.

Joe has close ties to Blind Veterans UK as he lives near their Brighton centre which he visits on occasion. Last time he visited with his girlfriend they bought a special rocking horse made by a blind veteran for their 8 week year old son.

Joe served in the Royal Navy from 2000 to 2004 where he worked in communications. He received his basic training at HMS Raleigh and moved to HMS Collingwood for his communication training. He also served on board the HMS Illustrious and HMS Edinburgh, where he deployed on operational tours to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Joe says: "I live near the Blind Veterans UK Brighton centre and I could not think of a better cause to raise money for. My dad's friend is supported by Blind Veterans UK and it's good to know that if I were to lose my sight a few years down the line Blind Veterans UK would be there to support me."

Joe is gearing up to walk the 100k for Blind Veterans UK aiming to complete the walk in 20 hours.

Joe says: "I'm really excited and looking forward to the walk. It will be nice to make some new friends and enjoy the experience."

Registration for the 100k, 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.

Joe says: "I recommend this challenge to everyone! Don't be afraid, just enjoy the experience and take every step as you go."

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

To support Joe as he tackles the Blind Veterans UK 100k London to Brighton challenge, please visit