Nottingham man making a difference by walking 100k for military charity

12 February 2016 10:54

A man from Nottingham will be taking on a 100 kilometres walk from London to Brighton this July for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Paul Derriscott, 36 and from Woodthorpe, previously completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge with colleagues and now the team feel ready to take on an even tougher challenge.

Paul says: "I realise that the Blind Veterans UK 100k London to Brighton will be a massive challenge for me but I believe in challenging myself whilst making a difference in the world.

"I want to raise as much money as possible for Blind Veterans UK to support the vital work they do."

Paul says: "The stories I read of different veterans Blind Veterans UK supports deeply resonate with me. It is very difficult to appreciate the issues and challenges individuals face simply being in the military let alone having to adapt to sight loss whilst serving or later in life.

"Any help that I can offer, I am happy to give."

Paul takes pride in being active and is looking forward to the Blind Veterans UK 100k. He says: "With the Yorkshire Three Peaks I only did limited training and suffered as a consequence but I massively enjoyed it.

"I've learned from that experience and understand that preparation is key, therefore I have adopted a strict training regime for the 100k challenge.

"My soft target is to complete the challenge in 24 hours as that's the time my colleague previously completed it in - but I'd be extremely happy to finish."

Registration for the 100k, which will kick off in Fulham on Saturday 2nd July, is currently open with a registration fee of £62.50 for the 100km. For those not wanting to walk the full distance there is also a relay option available for teams of four walking 25k each. Teams taking part in the relay have a registration fee of £110. The all-inclusive entrance fee for participants includes lunch, dinner and breakfast at three rest stops, snacks and refreshments along the route and a free event t-shirt.

The London to Brighton 100k challenge is Blind Veterans UK's biggest annual fundraiser and takes participants from a starting point in south west London, along the banks of the Thames, through countryside paths in Surrey, Sussex and the North and South Downs to the charity's centre in Ovingdean, Brighton.

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