It meant so much to me to raise money in aid of Blind Veterans UK...

4 February 2014 13:05

Elizabeth Dodds, Area Welfare Officer at Blind Veterans UK, urges all to apply for our charity places in the Great North Run 2014. Fancy a challenge?

Elizabeth Dodds, who lives in Morpeth, Northumberland and works in Ashington, took part in the Bupa Great North Run in 2012 in aid of Blind Veterans UK, in which she has worked as an Area Welfare Manager at for six years.

Elizabeth's role sees her spending her working days visiting blind veterans in their homes, making sure that they have all the support they need for their battle with sight loss, so that they can regain their confidence and independence.

A keen runner wanting a challenge, Elizabeth was in the middle of taking part in a boot camp training course when the idea to tackle a half marathon came to her. Given that the Great North Run takes place on her doorstep, and is one she had always wanted to tackle, it was the obvious choice.

Elizabeth said: "I started the Great North Run by giving the legend that is Mo Farah a high five, so that was definitely a good start and possibly a good omen!

"I then high-fived just about every out stretched hand, belonging to those young and old, as I revelled in the good old Geordie atmosphere that has made the Great North Run world famous.

"The atmosphere on the day was just brilliant. People were so friendly. I actually found it quite emotional seeing what people had written on their t-shirts about who they were running for. I felt just elated finishing it; it was really difficult and doing so felt like a real achievement.

"It meant so much to me to raise money in aid of Blind Veterans UK, and I managed to smash my target of £1000 by raising £1,500!

"Working for Blind Veterans UK is just a privilege. You meet blind veterans from all walks of life, who each have their own incredible stories to tell. It is a very humbling job to do. Knowing that I am part of a big team of people which helps someone feel like their life is worth living again, is a feeling that is just priceless".

Blind veteran Colin Williamson has completed the Run five times. He said: "The Great North Run is one of the absolute best races in the running calendar. This is a great opportunity to experience an amazing sporting event and raise money to support veterans with sight loss."

Entry for the Great North Run public ballot has now closed. Places will be allocated soon! If you don't get a place the only way to take part is with a place with a charity, we have Gold Bond places available and would love you to join us. Apply for a gold bond place online or contact our fundraising team by phone 0207 616 7927 or email.