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Army recruitment team walk nine miles blindfolded

Published on 1 Aug 2023

A team of 13 employees from the Capita Army Recruitment Partnership came together at our Centre of Wellbeing in Llandudno at the start of July to complete their summer challenge during which they raised £550 for our charity by walking in pairs and sight guiding each other for nine miles.

The group, who work in Bangor, Shrewsbury, Wrexham and Chester, were sent on their way from the centre by the sound of Charge being played by blind veteran Billy on his bugle.

Two women walking along a path. One is wearing a blindfold and the other is guiding her
Two women paired up for blindfolded walk
Five members of the Capita Army Recruitment team walking in a line. One walker is holding a very large Blind Veterans UK flag
Heading out on their walk
Heading out with the Llandudno Centre in the background. One person is guiding his blindfolded colleague.
Sight guiding

During the walk, the group were in pairs with one person blindfolded while the other sight guiding them along the course to give them some insight into the day-to-day challenges faced by our blind veterans.

Lead Recruiter for the Bangor Army Recruitment Office, Paul, said:

“We've all known a colleague that has been injured while in service which is why it’s vitally important to us to support veterans and their families in recognition of their service to the country.
“During the walk, we took it in turns to be blindfolded. I initially felt incredibly vulnerable whilst I was being guided, but as my trust grew in my guide, so did my confidence.”
A group photo of the walkers wearing their charity t-shirts inside the centre with Billy
Capita Army Recruitment team with blind veteran Billy

The group walked a circular route around the town before returning to our centre after about five and a half hours. They were then given a tour of the facilities which our blind veterans have access to during their stays. Paul said:

“We were totally inspired by the veterans that we met; their spirit, courage and resilience was inspirational, and the staff were so friendly, welcoming, and supportive.

“We select a charity each year and complete a summer challenge but our visit to Blind Veterans UK made such an impact on us that we are now looking at ways in which we can continue to support the charity in the future.”

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