Blind veteran completes 270-mile walking challenge
From Monday 12 to Monday 19 July, Ron completed this walking challenge, covering the distance between our centres in Brighton and Llandudno.
Ron's local gym allowed him to use one of their treadmills for free so that he could do the challenge. We provided Ron with a pedometer so that he could track his distance as well as his steps.
Ron has fundraised within his local community a lot over the years but has never completed a walking challenge before. He says:
“I have done lots of fundraising from car boot sales for the local school to raising money through indoor horse racing!"
Ron, who has been diagnosed with glaucoma, joined the Royal Engineers in 1957 and served for 2-and-a-half years until 1960 when he was discharged as a Sapper.
“I left school at 16 and did a carpentry apprenticeship. My dad was in the Army, so I decided to follow in his footsteps. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in the Army, but I was encouraged to join the Royal Engineers so that I could learn a trade”.
Ron, 80, continues:
“The charity has been very good to me over the years and have really looked after me. They have provided me with lots of equipment such as a white cane and a Synapptic mobile phone. I want to raise as much funds as I can to say thank you”.