Kelly Ganfield wins Recognising Achievement Award at the 2019 Endeavour Fund Awards
Last night, Blind Veterans UK member Kelly Ganfield was recognised for her achievements at the 2019 Endeavour Fund Awards in London. The awards recognise the incredible achievements of members of the Armed Forces Community who were injured or fell ill in service, but have gone on to use sport and adventurous challenge as part of their recovery and rehabilitation.
Kelly, who was medically discharged from the army in 2005, lost her sight aged 23 after having two strokes. She has refused to let her sight loss hold her back - continuing to pursue her love of sports and fitness by completing the London Marathon as well as competing in the 2017 and 2018 Invictus Games. At the 2018 games in Sydney, she was Team UK’s only vision impaired competitor.
Her determination was recognised by the Endeavour Fund who awarded her the Recognising Achievement Award. Kelly dedicated her award to her fellow Invictus Game competitors, and to her three year old daughter.
"Anything is possible in life - no matter what you go through."
Kelly joined Blind Veterans UK in 2005 and we have since supported her to regain independence by assisting with life skills and IT training. She has loved meeting fellow blind veterans, widows and staff at our centres, reunions and luncheons. Kelly is one of many inspirational veterans featured on our website.
"I think my experiences, and those of many other blind veterans, are just some of the proof that shows that the public shouldn’t think of blindness as an obstacle to living a full and active life."
A huge congratulations to Kelly and the other eight nominees recognised at the awards. Read about the other inspirational nominees and winners on the Endeavour Fund Awards website.