Helen Skelton calls on public to tackle ultimate 100k challenge

13 March 2014 15:55

Daredevil TV presenter Helen Skelton has become the latest celebrity to call on members of the public to sign up for a “fantastic challenge” and walk 100k to support Blind Veterans UK.

The Countryfile presenter is supporting Blind Veterans UK's 100k London to Brighton Walk, which challenges participants to complete the whole 100k in less than 24 hours.

Helen, who also presented Blue Peter for five years, joins Paralympian and Olympian athletes David Clarke, Heather Stanning, Sally Gunnell and David Devine in her endorsement of the event.

A lifelong adventurer, Helen is no stranger to extreme events in aid of charity, having cycled to the South Pole, kayaked the entire length of the Amazon River and walked a tightrope suspended between Battersea Power Station's iconic chimneys - all to raise money for good causes.

Helen is also a strong supporter of Britain's Armed Forces; last year, she attempted the Royal Marines' gruelling 30 Mile Commando Test and has previously flown with the Red Arrows.

Now, Helen is calling on members of the public to step up and put themselves to the test and raise money to support vision-impaired ex-Service men and women. She says: "Blind Veterans UK's 100k Walk combines a fantastic challenge with a brilliant way to support our brave ex-Forces personnel.

"After tackling the Royal Marines' Endurance Course and flying with the Red Arrows, I have total admiration for the skill and dedication of Service personnel, and I think it's really important that Blind Veterans UK is there to support them. So I'm proud to support Blind Veterans UK's 100k Walk and I'd encourage anyone looking to really test themselves or just get fit to sign up for this amazing event."

Helen's support comes as four British Olympic and Paralympic athletes declared their support for the event, including David Clarke, Britain's most capped blind footballer, who will be completing the event.

Clarke, who lit the Paralympic cauldron two years ago at the London 2012 Paralympics opening ceremony, said: "Like those supported by Blind Veterans UK, I understand the impact that a visual impairment can have on a person's life - and the drive to make sure that blindness doesn't stop you from aspiring to achieve great things and succeeding at what you love."

Places for our 100k Walk, which will kick off in Putney on Saturday 21st June and concludes on Sunday 22nd June, are currently available, with a registration fee of £99 per participant or £120 for a two- or four-man relay team. The all inclusive 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 our 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 Brighton.

Sign up for the Blind Veterans UK 100k Walk.