Squadron Leader’s daughter from Lincolnshire takes on 100k for charity

8 January 2016 15:42

A woman from Lincolnshire will march 100k in Yorkshire this June in aid of Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Alice Davies, 20 and from Ruskington, recently completed all levels of her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and was looking for a new challenge to take one when she came across the 100k Yorkshire in aid of Blind Veterans UK.


Alice says: "I know it's going to be hard to complete the 100k but it will be worth it as it's for such a brilliant charity."

Alice's father has been in the Royal Air Force since before she was born. He is now a Squadron Leader and previously has served in former Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan. It is because of this that Alice feels very strongly about raising funds for a military charity.

Alice says: "I feel it's important to give back to the veterans who have served our country."

Alice is currently studying to become a nurse and has seen first-hand the struggles vision-impaired people have in their everyday life. She's also been to Headley Court, the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, where some of the veterans supported by Blind Veterans UK have been as part of their rehabilitation.

Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan's) was founded in 1915 and the charity's initial purpose was to help and support soldiers, sailors and airmen blinded in World War I. But the organisation has gone on to support more than 35,000 blind veterans and their families, spanning World War II to recent conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan.

Alice says: "I had heard of Blind Veterans UK but didn't know much about them until I started looking into the charity and read the inspiring stories on how they support ex-Service men and women."

Alice is looking forward to the 100k Yorkshire, she says: "It'll be great to meet other people at the event and put our best foot forward for Blind Veterans UK."

Registration for the 100k, which will kick off in Denby Dale on Saturday 18 June, is currently open with a fee of £50. Teams taking part in the relay have a registration fee of £90. 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 100k challenge is a joint fundraising event for Blind Veterans UK and Guide Dogs. The walk will take participants over the green hills, rugged moors and small stone-walled villages of Yorkshire and the Peak District and finishes at the Blind Veterans UK centre and Guide Dogs outreach office in Sheffield.

To support Alice as she tackles the 100k Yorkshire for Blind Veterans UK, please visit www.justgiving.com/alicedavies100k.

To sign up for the 100k Yorkshire challenge, please visit www.100kyorkshire.org.uk