Surrey man to tackle 100k walk for military charity in memory of father

Date
3 March 2015 18:04

A man from Surrey is set to tackle the Blind Veterans UK 100k London to Brighton challenge this June in memory of his father.

Peter Webb, 52 and from Mytchett, decided to challenge himself for Blind Veterans UK after he learned the horrors his father went through during his service in the Royal Army Medical Corps.

Peter found his father's diary while cleaning out his mother's house after she passed away in 2013. His father served in the Royal Army Medical corps from 1940 until 1946 and served in Egypt, Syria and Libya. It was in North Africa he sustained shrapnel injuries and was transferred back to the UK.

Peter says: "My father never talked about his time in the Army but when I discovered what he had gone through I wanted to give back to Blind Veterans UK. My father lived with a disability after the war and now I want to do something back to blind veterans who are living with a disability but making the most of life with the support of Blind Veterans UK."

Peter felt the best way to do this was by challenging himself and taking part in the Blind Veterans UK 100k London to Brighton challenge this June.

Peter says: "People take a lot of things for granted. I'm able to see the views while I'm walking around. These men and women cannot. You don't realise the value of something until it's gone."

Registration for the 100k, 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 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.

Peter, who has already begun raising money for the charity with a 25 mile walk, says: "If you enjoy walking, this is the challenge for you. The views are some of the most beautiful England has to offer. If you find it a bit daunting, remember it's only for a day."

Blind Veterans UK needs 500 people to take part in the 100k, which will help the charity to continue to provide a lifetime's practical and emotional support to over 4,000 veterans, regardless of when they served and how they lost their sight.

To find out more about Blind Veterans UK's 100k challenge, and to sign up for the event, visit www.blindveterans.org.uk/100k

 To sponsor Peter as he tackles the 100k for Blind Veterans UK, please visit www.justgiving.com/AWalkBetweenTheWarsBlindVeterans.