2019 has come to an end, and with the start of a new year comes the classic cliché of a new start. It’s a comforting feeling, being able to start from the beginning and to set goals for the year ahead.

In 2019, we saw many of our veterans achieve some amazing things. 77 year old Rod kept his adventurous spirit alive by abseiling the Grand Hotel in Brighton, getting on a boat to go sailing and taking on the country’s longest zip wire in Wales. Rod says:

“I hate people saying you can’t do this or that. I have some peripheral vision in both eyes, so can just about see, and I like to prove that I can do things. My own challenge in losing my sight was to prove that I can, and now I’m using new technologies, magnifiers, using my long cane and booking myself onto trains!”
blind veteran Rod
Rod sailing
Craig and Callum having finished LEJOG
Craig celebrating completing his challenge

Another one of our veterans who took on a challenge last year was 81 year old Graham. He decided to skydive to raise money for Blind Veterans UK, as a way to give something back to the charity.

And last, but not least, blind veteran Craig Lundberg completed a Land’s End to John O’Groats cycling challenge, cycling 1,000 miles across the country.

All of these challenges would be great achievements for anyone, but they are particularly great achievements when you’ve lost your sight. Stories like these always inspire us here at Blind Veterans UK. It goes to show that we can do anything we set our minds to.

We want to make 2020 our biggest and best year yet. That’s always the goal we set for ourselves. To be able to do that, we’re going to need the continued support from fundraisers and supporters like you.

We have plenty of challenges lined up this year that you can take part in if you want to challenge yourself too. In particular, we’d love to see you at one of our March for Veterans walks. Bring your family, friends and dogs and walk 10 miles, knowing that you’re helping to raise funds to support blind veterans all over the country. If Rod, Graham and Craig could do it – so can we. We hope to see you there!

Find your local March for Veterans here

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