A team from 11 Training Battalion REME are attempting to trek 100 km from Richmond in London, across the trail footpaths of Surrey and Sussex to finish at the Blind Veterans UK centre in Ovingdean, Brighton on the 9th June 2012.

They are looking to raise over £1,500 in support for this charity to support such individuals like Simon Brown who was shot by a sniper in Iraq whilst rescuing six colleagues. He required lifesaving treatment, facial reconstruction and suffered loss of sight in his left eye and reduced vision in his right eye. Blind Veterans UK provided support via a dedicated welfare officer and a rehabilitation programme to help him adjust accordingly. The sense of belonging and understanding from this community helped him to remain positive throughout. Six years on, he’s now living his life to the full and has been offered a job teaching Mechanics.

The 100 km trek is a considerable challenge to undertake, indeed 41 percent of the participants in last year’s event failed to finish within the 24 hour deadline.

We have donated £200 for this worthy cause and hope that the lads manage to finish within the 24 hour time frame, if you wish to support them, please feel free to donate via their Just Giving page on the following link:

https://www.justgiving.com/Mark-Smith44

They will also be in the Oracle Centre in Reading on Saturday the 19th May, hoping to raise additional funds there as well, so if you are in Reading on Saturday, please feel free to drop some loose change the buckets they will have with them.

Please support them, JC