Sussex coppers to tackle 100k challenge for Blind Veterans UK

14 March 2014 15:35

A team of police officers in Sussex has pledged to complete a gruelling 100K walk between London and Brighton within 24 hours in support of Blind Veterans UK

A team of five police officers from Sussex has pledged to complete a gruelling 100k London to Brighton walk in just 24 hours to support vision impaired Armed Forces veterans.

The team, comprising of detectives, airport police and traffic officers, is looking to complete the 100k to raise money in support of Blind Veterans UK.

Inspector Alan Shave, who will be walking as part of the team, says: "I'm ex-Army myself and come from a military family - both my grandfather and great-grandfather served - so I really wanted to help support a charity that, in turn, supports veterans."

Alan, who served in the Royal Engineers from 1983 to 1989, says: "What I really liked about Blind Veterans UK was that they are there for veterans throughout their lives - it doesn't matter if you lost your sight during your service or sixty years after leaving the military, they're there to help.

"As a veteran myself, it's great knowing that I won't have to deal with losing my sight alone if and when that happens."

Alan and his team will be completing the 100k walk through Surrey, Sussex and the North and South Downs, together.

Places for the 100k, which will kick off in Putney on Saturday 21st June and concludes on Sunday 22nd June, are currently 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 route, 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 sponsor Alan and his team as they tackle Blind Veterans UK's 100k London to Brighton walk, visit his Just Giving page.

For more information about the 100k walk and about Blind Veterans UK, go to or sign up