Mexborough Cadets complete Blind Veterans UK Cadet and Youth Challenge

15 October 2012 16:01

Blind Veterans UK recently held the annual Cadet and Youth Challenge during which a group of enthusiastic cadets from Mexborough took part.

The challenge consisted of completing 13.1 miles in whichever way the competitors wanted. Blind Veterans UK encouraged the teams to think up the most inventive ways of completing the distance.

The Mexborough cadets raised a fantastic £350 for blind ex-Service men and women and they were awarded certificates for completing the 13.1 miles by bike ride from Sprotborough to Pollington.

Photo of blind veteran Simon Brown surrounded by a group of cadets with certificates

Simon Brown, who was shot in the head whilst saving the lives of six comrades in Basra, Iraq; presented the cadets their certificates. Simon is a strong supporter of the challenge and now works as a motivational speaker for Blind Veterans UK.

Simon says; "it is an excellent way of getting young people together to raise money in aid of charity, and really understand where money raised will go. Blind Veterans UK is very grateful to the Mexborough Army Cadet Force for organising a very innovative and successful Cadet and Youth Challenge."

Andrew Nickson RAFVR (T) a Flight Lieutenant and adult volunteer of the year has been taking part in the Cadet
and Youth Challenge since it was launched in 2007. Andrew says; "We have had a fantastic time taking part in Blind Veterans UK's Cadet and Youth Challenge Competition. It has given us all the opportunity to meet some great people from the charity as well as to learn about all that it does".