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Blind veteran completes 270-mile walking challenge

Published on 19 Jul 2021

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!"

"I have been supported by the charity since 2016, so I decided to do something to pay the charity back for all that they have done for me. I walk everyday anyway so I thought it would be a good idea to do a walking challenge from their training and rehabilitation centre in Brighton to their one in Llandudno. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I will be doing this virtually."
Ron, blind veteran
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Blind veteran Ron

About Ron

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.

He says:

“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”.

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