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Lancashire ex-soldier to tackle 100k challenge for Blind Veterans UK

Date
2 February 2015 15:27

An ex high ranking soldier from Lancashire has decided to challenge himself and tackle Blind Veterans UK’s 100k walk from London to Brighton to raise vital funds for the charity.

Steve Tranter, 55 and from Lytham Saint Anne's, wanted to give something back to Blind Veterans UK who provided  support to his friend and colleague after he lost his sight.

Steve joined the Army in 1975 when he was only 16 years old. He became part of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment and went on operational tours to Northern Ireland, Bosnia and the Falklands. Steve was an infantry soldier but climbed the ranks to Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM), which is the highest rank for a non-commissioned officer. He left the Army in 2000 after 25 years of service. Steve then retrained to become an IT specialist. He now works as a Project Manager at Hewlett-Packard.

Steve says "As I'm ex-Forces I wanted to do something for a military charity. When I read Blind Veterans UK were organising a 100k walk I signed up immediately. The charity does incredible work supporting blind veterans with vision impairment. I know this first hand through my friend and former colleague. It's great to give something back to Blind Veterans UK for all the help they have given him."

Blind Veterans UK provides blind and vision impaired ex-Service men and women with lifelong support including rehabilitation, training, welfare support, residential and respite care.

Registration for their biggest annual fundraiser, which kicks off in Putney on Saturday 6th June, is currently open with a registration fee of £50 per participant for the 50km or £75 for the 100km. Teams taking part in the relay have a registration fee of £120. The all-inclusive entrance fee for participants includes hot food at three rest stops, snacks and refreshments along the route and a free event t-shirt.

The event is Blind Veterans UK's largest 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 Ovingdean, Brighton.

Steve says "I'm really looking forward to the 100k. I heard that the atmosphere was amazing last year and I'm hoping for more of the same this year!"

Blind Veterans UK needs 500 people to take part in the 100k, which will help the charity to continue to provide a lifetime's practical and emotional support to over 4,000 veterans, regardless of when they served and how they lost their sight.

To find out more about Blind Veterans UK's 100k challenge, and to sign up for the event, visit www.blindveterans.org.uk/100k.

To sponsor Steve as he tackles 100k for Blind Veterans UK, please visit www.justgiving.com/Steve-Tranter1.