High Sheriff raises over £8,000 for our charity

Date
7 April 2017 12:00

The High Sheriff of Clwyd has raised over £8,000 for our charity.

Photo of Jim O'Toole and the two electric chairs he helped purchase. He's accompanied by one member of staff from the Llandudno centre and two blind veterans who are sitting on the chair

Jim O’Toole donated the money after he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds to purchase vehicles that would assist less-abled veterans visiting the charity’s training and rehabilitation centre in Llandudno to access its popular Woodland Walk. 

Of the achievement, which was in fact the second time Jim has climbed Kilimanjaro, he says:

"It was exhilarating and of course a fantastic experience. The elements were extremely tough; at night the temperatures at the summit were somewhere between minus 15C and minus 25C, while the oxygen level was only around 50% of that at sea level. We managed to trek eight hours each day, except for the final summit day, which took around 16 hours."

He continues: “I’m just so grateful for the generosity of those who donated. Thanks to their kindness, those suffering with mobility issues will still be able to enjoy the fabulous Woodland Walk that’s situated at the Llandudno centre. They really are a fantastic charity and I’m thrilled to have been able assist in the support they provide to veterans hoping to regain their independence and confidence after sight loss.”

Since Jim completed the challenge in October 2016, his donations have grown considerably, surpassing his original target of £5,000 and reaching just over £8,000. 

Victoria Beech, Regional Fundraiser says: “The new vehicles will allow all of our veterans to participate in walks and activities in the Woodland Walk and to join in on all of our trips and excursions regardless of any mobility issues they may have in addition to their sight loss.”

The vehicles cost £2,500, with the remaining funds being allocated to assist with the construction of a Woodland Cabin within the Woodland Walk, which will see an increase in the number of activities our charity can offer to those visiting the Llandudno centre.  Work is expected to begin on this project later in the year once further funds are secured.

If you would like more information about getting involved with fundraising for Blind Veterans UK please contact Victoria Beech, the charity’s Regional Fundraiser, on victoria.beech@blindveterans.org.uk or 01492 864574.