Stroke survivor will tackle 100k walk for blind veterans

18 March 2014 16:20

An ex-Service woman hopes to tackle Blind Veterans UK's 100k walk this June alongside her two sons after surviving a stroke just three years ago.

Wendy Bent, 56 and from Caernarfon, will join hundreds of other walkers as she treks from London to Brighton over the weekend of Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 June 2014. Wendy survived a stroke three years ago and now she wants to complete the 100k challenge with the support of her two sons.

Wendy says: "Three years ago I had a stroke. Although I don't have much visual impairment it did leave me with some weakness in my left side and occasional memory and speech problems.

"After that I decided that I wanted to do something special for others who are less fortunate than myself. When I heard about Blind Veterans UK's London to Brighton walk I thought it would be the ideal challenge.

"Doing something in aid of a military charity felt right because we are a military family. I served in the Army and my son Charles was discharged from the Kings Troop, the Royal Horse Artillery, just a year ago. Both my husband's family and my own family were all serving members of the services covering all forces, even including the Merchant Navy."

Wendy will tackle the walk alongside both of her sons, Charles, 33, and Matthew, 27, who she says have been a tremendous support to her over past few years.

She says: "My sons are my rocks on this challenge. The support they have shown me and the charity is really fantastic. They keep me going when the training gets tough."

Wendy has begun training for the 100k challenge by walking the 13 and a half miles home from work two days a week, and walking to work once a week meaning she has to leave the house at an unbelievable 3.30am. Wendy also swims regularly and as well works out in the gym.

Wendy says: "We have now nearly raised our starting target of £750 and it's still climbing. We hope to ultimately raise more than £1000 by June, so all donations are really appreciated".

Places for the 100k, which kicks off in Putney on Saturday 21st June and concludes on Sunday 22nd June, are still available, with a registration fee of £99 per participant or £120 for a two- or four-man relay team. The all-inclusive entrance fee for participants includes hot food at three rest stops, snacks and refreshments along the way, support from first aiders en 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.

To support Wendy, Charles and Matthew Bent as they tackle Blind Veterans UK's 100k walk, visit her Just Giving page. For more information about the 100k walk, read our blog or sign up.