Soldier calls on public to step up at Royal run for Blind Veterans UK

1 July 2014 14:24

A London-based soldier with nearly 30 years service in the Army is calling on keen runners to get involved in a 13-mile run in support of blind military veterans.

45-year-old Drum Major Tony Taylor is running the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon for Blind Veterans UK. Tony, originally from Great Yarmouth and now stationed at London Central Garrison near St. James' Park, is calling on keen runners to join him on one of London's most iconic routes.

Tony, who joined the Coldstream Guards in 1985, said he was inspired to raise money for Blind Veterans UK by a friend who is supported by the charity. He says: "My best friend in the Army lost his sight when he was attacked by a mugger in the street and has gone on to receive a lot of help with his sight loss from Blind Veterans UK.

"I've been to Blind Veterans UK's centre in Brighton and I was really impressed at the set-up there. They have a real emphasis on helping veterans achieve things you wouldn't think possible without your sight - I was stunned when I heard they offered blind archery!"

Tony, who has served around the world, including in Cyprus, Iraq and Germany, as well as participating in Trooping the Colour and the 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony, said: "Part of my job in the Army has been acting as a liaison officer at Selby Oak Hospital, so I saw a lot of seriously wounded Service personnel in my time - including those who'd been blinded.

"Knowing that the money I raise from the Half Marathon will go towards supporting blind veterans is a real spur for me. I'd call on anyone who wants to run an amazing route through London and raise money for a great cause to sign up for the Royal Parks in support of Blind Veterans UK."

We still have a few guaranteed places left on the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon and encourage any runners to snap up the spaces.

Victoria Marshall, Events Officer at Blind Veterans UK, said: "We'd like to hear from anyone who is still hoping to get a place on the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon - or anyone who has a ballot place for the race but hasn't yet chosen a charity. We offer our team of runners lots of support and assistance plus the knowledge that the money they raise will make a real difference to the lives of blind ex-Service men and women."

To support Tony on the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, please visit his Just Giving Page.

If you would like to sign up for a Blind Veterans UK place on the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, please visit our events page or call Arron 020 7616 7927