Nottinghamshire woman inspired to walk 50k for military charity

3 March 2015 17:56

A woman from Nottingham was inspired to take on a 50k walk for Blind Veterans UK after meeting veterans supported by the charity through her work.

Katherine Howe, 39 and from Bakersfield, decided to tackle the Blind Veterans UK 50k London to Brighton challenge to raise vital funds for the military charity.

Katherine says: "The challenge came at the right time. It was right before New Year's when I read about the Blind Veterans UK London to Brighton challenge and I wanted to get fit for the New Year".

Katherine is no stranger to tough challenges as she conquered the Inca trail in Peru and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. She decided to take on her next challenge a little closer to home but believes it will be as exciting.

Katherine says: "I'm not used to do a lot of walking but I'm excited to do the 50k for Blind Veterans UK. I convinced a colleague at Remploy to sign up as well and hoping to convince many more.

"I think we will be the slow ones at the back but we'll get there in the end and that's all that matters."

Katherine has set herself another personal challenge besides walking the 50k. She aims to have raised 10 000 pounds for charity by the time she turns 40.

Katherine says: "I just have another 300 pounds to go and what better way to raise it than for a charity that does so much in supporting blind and vision-impaired veterans."

Registration for both the 50k and 100k routes, which will kick off in Putney on Saturday 6th June, is currently open with a registration fee of £50 per participant for the 50km or £75 for the 100km. Teams taking part in the relay have a registration fee of £120The all-inclusive entrance fee for participants includes hot food at three rest stops, snacks and refreshments along the route and a free event t-shirt.

The event is Blind Veterans UK's biggest annual fundraiser and takes walkers from a starting point in south 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.

Katherine says: "To anyone contemplating taking on a 50k or 100k, go for it! Get out there, train and enjoy the day."

Blind Veterans UK needs 500 people to take part in the event, which will help the charity to continue to provide a lifetime's practical and emotional support to over 4,000 veterans, regardless of when they served and how they lost their sight.

To find out more about Blind Veterans UK's London to Brighton challenge, and to sign up for the event, visit

To support Katherine as she tackles the Blind Veterans UK 50k London to Brighton challenge, please visit