Former soldier from Cornwall tackles 100k walk for military charity
1 April 2015 11:14
A former soldier from Cornwall is taking on 100k walk for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.
Nigel Evans, 47 and from Torpoint, successfully completed the Blind Veterans UK 100k London to Brighton challenge in 21.5 hours. This year he encouraged friends to sign up and they will tackle the 100k together.
Nigel says: "It's such a fantastic event. Last year everyone was incredibly involved on the Facebook page and it kept going into this year. It inspired me to participate in the Blind Veterans UK 100k challenge again this year, especially as the charity is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year."
Last year Nigel finished the 100k challenge in 21.5 hours. He says: "I missed some of the banter and entertainment because I was set on finishing in a good time. This year I'm looking forward to be part of the banter."
Nigel served in the Army from 1986 until 1991. He was a Corporal and was part of the First Batallion Light Infantry. He served in the UK, Northern Ireland, British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) and in Berlin when the Berlin Wall came down. After he left the Army he served six years in the Army Reserve.
He says: "I've got quite a few former-Army friends suffering from disabilities they sustained over the years, some of which suffering from sight loss. It's why I want to fundraise for a military charity and Blind Veterans UK is a great cause."
Nigel met some of the blind veterans the charity supports last year during and at the finish line of the Blind Veterans UK 100k London to Brighton challenge.
He says: "These men and women are inspirational. A few of them participated in the walk and if they can do it so can everyone else.
"The 100k is an amazing experience and I made and sustained friends who participated in the walk. It's wonderful to have people who come from a range of experiences coming together to do one thing - support Blind Veterans UK."
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 50k or £75 for the 100k. 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.
Nigel says: "This walk will be challenging but I know the challenges that vision-impaired ex-Service men and women Blind Veterans UK supports face every day. If they can take on the 100k challenge, then so you can you."
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.