Loughborough Armed Forces supporter tackles "tough run" for Blind Veterans UK

1 July 2014 16:29

Determined to help support military veterans, Tom Dalby from Loughborough is set to tackle one of the world’s most iconic runs to raise vital funds for vision impaired military veterans.

28-year-old Quorn resident Tom Dalby will take part in the Bupa Great North Run on Sunday 7th September for Blind Veterans UK.

No stranger to the Armed Forces, Tom runs the Defence Discount Service. Backed by Prime Minister David Cameron and the Ministry of Defence (MOD), the Defence Discount Service provides members and veterans of the Armed Forces with a card which can gives discounts at hundreds of businesses nationwide.

Tom says he was inspired to complete the Bupa Great North Run for Blind Veterans UK after working with the charity on making the Defence Discount Service accessible to vision impaired ex-Service men and women.

Tom says: "We always knew that the Defence Discount Service was going to have to be accessible to all members of Service community, so we worked with Blind Veterans UK to create large-print application forms for people with sight loss.

"Blind Veterans UK is a fantastic cause and one I wanted to support. When Bupa suggested that someone from the Defence Discount Service should do the Great North Run for a military charity, I leapt at the chance to raise vital funds for Blind Veterans UK."

This will not be the first time Tom has tackled the Great North Run, having taken part in the event in 2006. He says: "It's a tough run, but there's a great atmosphere and the crowds are really supportive. Basically, the day picks you up and carries you through to the finish line."

Tom has lead the Defence Discount Service since it was first started in 2012. He says: "The way it has grown has been absolutely unbelievable - we've had a fantastic response from the MOD, the Forces and the business community on giving those who have served the best deal possible."

The Bupa Great North Run kicks off on Sunday 7th September and is one of the world's biggest half marathons. Running from Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields, the event is broadcast live on the BBC and has seen members of the public run aside some of the biggest names in athletics, including Paula Radcliffe.

If you would like to support Tom with his Great North Run challenge, please visit his Just Giving page. If Tom has inspired you to take part in your own challenge for Blind Veterans UK, you can find out about events coming up near you on our events calendar.