Worcestershire veteran calls on people to sign up to 100k challenge for Blind Veterans UK
7 October 2014 10:15
An Army veteran from Worcestershire who has overcome cancer to complete a series of endurance challenges has signed up for the Blind Veterans UK 100k challenge.
51-year-old Andrew Graham of St John's was given only three months to live after being diagnosed with terminal throat, mouth and jaw cancer in 2002.
But he has since completed dozens of marathons, and in June this year finished Blind Veterans UK's 100k trek from London to Brighton in 21 hours and 35 minutes.
Andrew said: "As an ultra-runner it's such a wonderful feeling doing events you enjoy and are challenged by in order to raise money for great causes like Blind Veterans UK.
"If you are into endurance challenges, sign up and put yourself to the test. The 100k is an amazing experience, walking with hundreds of people all doing the event to support Blind Veterans UK. There was a great sense of camaraderie - I met up with a group of young walkers who are serving in the Army, so we had a laugh and supported each other to the finish line."
An Army veteran himself, Andrew served in the Royal Green Jackets between 1980 and 1987.
Over 300 participants set off from London, taking in the sights along the banks of the Thames and countryside of Surrey, Sussex and the North and South Downs, finishing at Blind Veterans UK's Brighton centre in Ovingdean.
Registration has now opened for the 2015 100k Walk, which is set to be even bigger as Blind Veterans UK celebrates 100 years of service next year. New for the centenary year, participants can choose a 50k or 100k route, which they can walk or run.
Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan's) provides blind and vision impaired ex-Service personnel with lifelong support including rehabilitation, training, welfare support, residential and respite care.
We need 500 people to take part in the 100k challenge, which will help to continue to provide a lifetime's practical and emotional support to over 3,900 veterans, regardless of when they served and how they lost their sight.
To find out more and to sign up for Blind Veterans UK's 100k London to Brighton walk, visit www.blindveterans.org.uk/100k/
Andrew is competing in a series of endurance challenges to raise money for Blind Veterans UK this year. To sponsor him please visit https://www.justgiving.com/Andrew-Graham13/