Specsavers Optometrist to walk 50km for Blind Veterans UK

1 May 2015 14:36

An optometrist from Bristol is calling on members of the public to put themselves up for an ultimate challenge and walk a great distance for Blind Veterans UK in 2015.

Nicola Phelps, 50 and from Abbey Wood, is taking on our annual 24 hour London-to-Brighton walk to raise money to support vision impaired ex-Service men and women.

Nicola, who recently turned 50, decided to take on Blind Veterans UK's 50km challenge, taking place in 2015, as she felt it was an appropriate way to mark the milestone. There are also options to take on the full 100km route or to enter as a relay team of four taking on 25km each.

This year's walk is taking place in the 100th anniversary of our charity's foundation in 1915 - taking part is a great chance to join the celebrations and recognise 100 years of proud service to blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Nicola decided to support Blind Veterans UK after finding out about the national military charity from Dame Mary Perkins, the founder of Specsavers. The opticians is a partner of Blind Veterans UK that provides blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women the help and support they need to lead as independent and fulfilling lives as possible.

She says: "Learning about Blind Veterans UK and the great work it does made me want to really challenge myself and the fact that I've turned 50 made me think that 50km was the one for me.

"As an optometrist, I know the devastating effect that sight loss can have at any age, so it's great that Blind Veterans UK helps people discover a life beyond sight loss.

"This walk will be hard, but I've already started heading out on training walks. It's been great fun!"

Nicola, who will be assisted by her husband, Wing Commander Andy Bolt, is no stranger to taking on gruelling challenges having previously climbed to Mount Everest Base camp. 

Registration for the walk, 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 £120. The 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 our 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 our centre in Ovingdean, Brighton.

To sponsor Nicola, please visit www.justgiving.com/NicolaPhelps50. For more information about the 100k challenge, and to sign up, go to www.blindveterans.org.uk/100k.