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Blind veteran taking on Brighton Half Marathon to give back

Published on 11 Jun 2021

One of our blind veterans from Aldershot is taking on the Brighton Half Marathon later this month. He's fundraising for us as we helped him get his confidence back after he lost his sight.

47-year-old Andy Leitch will be participating in the event on June 27 alongside his guide Wayne Larkin. Andy has little to no peripheral vision and so will remain in constant communication with Wayne throughout the race, who will alert him to any hazards he may not be aware of.

The race will be Andy’s third Brighton Half and will serve as great preparation for the London Marathon which he is due to complete in October.

Andy joined the Army in 1992 and spent 19 years with the Royal Logistics Core. It was at the age of 37 that retinitis pigmentosa caused a gradual decline in his sight which meant he was forced to retire early from the military.

Luckily in 2011 he found out about us and we have been supporting him ever since.

"Blind Veterans UK invested a lot of time to rebuild my life when I’d lost all hope. I was feeling sorry for myself but they made me realise what was possible and gave me the confidence to start doing physical activities again and get back to work. So I’m doing this for them. It will be a great feeling to give back to the charity that has supported me so much.”
Andy Leitch
Blind veteran
Photo of Andy Leitch (Left) with his guide Wayne Larkin (Right) smiling during the 2020 Brighton Half Marathon
Andy, left, with his guide Wayne, right

Andy and Wayne raised an amazing £1050 for Blind Veterans UK through their JustGiving page.

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