Berkshire blind veteran Steve and family to lead the way in Windsor
A blind veteran from Berkshire has signed up to take part in the ten-mile March for Veterans walk in Windsor Great Park this March and will, along with his family, be raising funds for vision-impaired ex-service men and women.
Steve Hipkin, 66 and from Sandhurst, is inviting local people to join him on the walking challenge in order to raise vital funds and awareness of the work the charity carries out in Berkshire.
Starting at the Savill Building at 10:00 am on Saturday 14 March walkers will follow a route through the beautiful Windsor Great Park returning to the Savill Building where participants will receive their medals and have the chance to enjoy a celebratory ‘Brew Up’ cuppa.
Steve served in the RAF from 1970 to 1977 and first found help from the charity eighteen months ago after his eyesight suddenly deteriorated leaving him with only a small amount of peripheral vision.
Steve says: “I’d had macular degeneration for 15 years and I was fine, I was working and then one day I woke up and I'd had a massive bleed overnight in my right eye. I was basically completely blind.
“When I lost my sight it was a big shock, I was in a really dark place. Blind Veterans UK has dragged me out of that. I joined the charity and attended the induction week at their centre. From then on I picked up, because they gave me something to look forward to.
"We go out for coffee mornings, lunches, and I recently attended the Remembrance commemorations at the Cenotaph. It’s a wonderful charity.”
"My social life has zoomed up since I joined Blind Veterans UK!"Steve
Steve will be taking part in March for Veterans, Windsor, with his family and hopes that members of the local community will sign up and show their support of the charity and other local blind veterans.