Llandudno locals cycle blindfolded for Blind Veterans UK

12 June 2014 11:35

A team of adventurous cyclists have biked blindfolded across Llandudno’s iconic peers to raise awareness for Blind Veterans UK a national veterans’ charity.

Staff and volunteers from Blind Veterans UK, cycled tandem bikes from Barkby Beach, Prestatyn, to Llandudno Promenade's Cenotaph on Saturday.

The event saw the rear cyclists on the tandems ride blindfolded, to raise awareness of the work that our Llandudno centre do, and concluded when the team was met by local town crier Billy Baxter at the Cenotaph. Billy, himself a blind veteran supported by us, is the UK's first blind town crier for over 150 years.

Blind Veterans UK Security Supervisor John Cretney said: "Sport is a big part of our veterans' rehabilitation.  Being shown how hobbies and interests such as cycling are still possible with sight loss really builds their confidence.

"Ultimately, it shows that they can do anything they set their minds to - that there is life beyond sight loss."

The North Wales Cycle Club, Clwb Rasio Mona, also got on their bikes last weekend for the Blind Veterans UK. The team cycleed from Caernarfon Castle to Cardiff on Saturday 28 June and crossed several mountain ranges and passed through towns and villages across the length of Wales.

Event organiser Bob Hind said: "I've been volunteering at the Blind Veterans UK Centre in Llandudno for over a year now and am always surprised to discover how many of our veterans did not know about the organisation prior to losing their sight.

"It's important that as many people in our communities as possible are aware of the rehabilitation and training offered by the charity - how many of us have a friend or relative who has served and may need that help in the future?"

If you would like to get involved in and cycle for Blind Veterans UK we have plenty of opportunities coming up. Visit our events calendar to find an event taking place near you.