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Blind veteran's son walks length of country to fundraise for us

Published on 29 Jul 2022

The son of one of our blind veterans is walking the entire length of the country to raise funds for our charity.

Gary, who is 59 and from Hove, is walking an average of 18 miles a day for 83 days across the United Kingdom from Lands End to John O’Groats.

He left Lands End at the beginning of April and is due to reach his final destination on 29 June. Gary said:

“I’ve had a long-time ambition to walk the entire length of the country and I’ve now found myself with the time to be able to do it. It’s a great way to see and fully enjoy the amazing landscapes we have right here in this country.
“I’ve particularly enjoyed walking the coastal paths and my time walking through the Cotswolds. Some of the best days have been those when other people have come along and walked with me. My daughter joined me for three days near Worchester which was really lovely.
“However, I’m a city boy at heart and I can’t say I’ve enjoyed having to cross fields full of cows!"
Gary and his daughter pictured beside the Shropshire Union Canal during his walk
Gary walks the Shropshire Union Canal with his daughter
Fundraiser Gary in his Blind Veterans UK t-shirt
Gary in the Scottish Borders
Gary pictured on a pebbled beach with the sea behind him on a cloudy day
Gary on the beach
“The walk is something I have always wanted to do for myself but to be able to raise money for Blind Veterans UK, who have been there to support my father, makes it even more special."
Gary
Fundraiser

Gary continued:

“I’ve met many people along the route and I’ve told them all about why I am doing the walk and about Blind Veterans UK.
“When I stayed in the Railway Inn in Ripple the landlord said he would run a quiz night for the charity and later contacted me to say he had raised £241.”

Gary’s father, George Taylor, is 89 and has macular degeneration in both eyes.

George, who served in the Royal Airforce as an Airframe Engineer, started receiving our support in 2019 and, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, would visit our Centre of Wellbeing in Brighton on a weekly basis. Gary said:

“The charity has been really good to my father and he’s been provided with a range of equipment to help him with day-to-day activities such as magnifiers and a reader for newspapers and documents.
“I am pleased to be able to do something to give back to this fantastic charity so they can continue to support more blind veterans like my dad.”
Gary pictured standing next to the Land's End sign
Gary starts his journey at Land's End

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