Invincible blind veteran David completes his 7th Triathlon, raising almost £2,000 for our charity!
22 July 2016 11:49
David joined our charity in 2007. He had served with the Royal Artillery for four years, driving self-propelled guns and amphibious vehicles in Germany. Sadly, he began to lose his sight and spent many years living an unhappy, isolated life.
David says: “For many years I was going nowhere. I had no life and I genuinely didn’t care about what happened to me. I began losing my eye sight and I felt extremely sorry for myself. I didn’t care about doing anything or achieving anything. For a long time I felt very low”.
Fortunately David was offered support by our charity, although it would take seven years for him to accept.
“I was very reluctant to join the charity because I found it hard to accept that I needed help with my sight loss. I cannot put into words the impact the charity has had on me. They took me in and saw something in me, the potential in me really, that I had not seen before – and that was it.
“I really feel as though Blind Veterans UK rescued me – they brought me back to life. I have no doubt that I would not be here if it wasn’t for them. I have learnt so much and come such a long way with them. Through them I have become really active and fit, having not done any physical activities for 20 years!”
David also credits his supportive family for helping him live life beyond sight loss. David has two children and four grandchildren who always sponsor him and support him during every event. When the going gets tough David thinks of his family to help push him over the finish line.
His next event takes place on the 7 October, the Royal Parks half marathon in London. David says: “I look forward to all of my events. I am proud to wear my Blind Veterans UK vest and love to give back the charity that helped me so much!”
If you are a vision-impaired ex-Service man or woman, or care for someone who is, you can find out more by phoning 0800 389 7979 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org