Hampshire blind veteran takes on London Marathon for military charity
3 March 2015 17:34
A blind veteran from Hampshire is set to run the London Marathon this April for Blind Veterans UK, the national military charity for vision impaired ex-Service men and women.
Andy Leitch, 40 and from Aldershot, wants to give back to Blind Veterans UK to thank them for their continuing support and decided the best way to do it is by challenging himself whilst raising money for the charity.
Andy joined the Army in 1992 when he turned 18. He became part of the Royal Corps of Transport, which later became the Royal Logistic Corps. With the Army, Andy served in America, Cyprus, Iraq, Kuwait and the UK.
Andy left the Army in 2011 after he was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a genetic disease that slowly causes blindness. He started receiving support from Blind Veterans UK the same year.
Andy says: "When I started to lose my sight I developed depression and fell down a dark hole. I used to love running cross country but when my sight started to deteriorate I lost confidence as I found myself tripping over.
"Blind Veterans UK has been amazing. They made me stop wallowing in self pity and showed me there is life after sight loss. They gave me back my confidence."
Andy will be running the London Marathon this April to raise awareness for the military charity that has supported him for the last four years and will continue to do so for the rest of his life.
Andy says: "I'm very excited for the London Marathon. It will be my first full marathon and I'm aiming to complete it somewhere between three and four hours. Most of all I want to enjoy the experience."
To find out more about Blind Veterans UK, visit www.blindveterans.org.uk.
To sponsor Andy as he tackles the London Marathon, please visit www.justgiving.com/andy-leitch5