A Freemason from Lincoln is fundraising by taking on a 100km walk at Kielder Water in Northumberland in November. He chose to support us after seeing us greatly improve the life of one of his lodgemates.
57-year-old Nigel Herbert will spread the walk out over four days from 1-4 November. By walking 100km around the largest man made reservoir in Europe he hopes to raise over £750.
Nigel says: “I walk two hours with the dog everyday but despite that I’m still fairly out of shape. I’ve also got some old niggles from my sporting days affecting my knees and back so it’s going to be tough.”
Nigel was inspired to fundraise for us after meeting lodgemate and blind veteran, 88-year-old George Blake, and hearing about how we had supported him since he lost his sight.
"George became a widower last year after 66 years of marriage to his beloved wife Irene. Being elderly and visually impaired, there were a number of challenges that he needed to overcome as he adapted to living by himself. Luckily he wasn’t alone and Blind Veterans UK have done a great job supporting him on his journey. He went for an introductory week at their training and rehabilitation centre in Llandudno and it did him the world of good. The facility was set up perfectly for someone like George not only to learn ways to adapt to life with sight loss but also enjoy time with other blind veterans in the same position as himself."Nigel
Nigel says: “I started to think about what I could do to make a contribution to the charity. Something active that would be challenging but achievable. So I’ll be setting off on my 100km walk at the end of September. If anyone would like to support me please visit my Just Giving page. I know the charity would really appreciate it during this time when they need support more than ever before.”
Nigel is offering anyone who donates £30 or more to his Just Giving page a limited edition print of 'The Three Sisters' seen opposite.
The beautiful print features a Vulcan Bomber, Canadian Lancaster and Lincoln Lancaster. It is signed not only by the pilots of those aircraft but also two of the pilots so instrumental in the 1943 Dambusters' Raid: Fred Sutherland and George 'Johnny' Johnson of 617 Squadron.
With a limited print run of 1,000, Nigel holds 100 of the prints from 700 to 799. It's first come, first serve so be sure to act fast to avoid disappointment. Just donate £30 to Nigel's Just Giving page and leave your email address in the comment and Nigel will get in touch to arrange delivery.