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Blindfold walk helps sightless war vets

A charity for blind veterans will be more than £3000 better off because of a special walk by young people.

Cadets from Christ’s Hospital school, Horsham, completed a 26-mile sponsored walk while blindfolded to raise money for Blind Veterans UK. The charity helps those who have served in the armed forces to recover their independence after sight loss. A squad of 78 members of the School’s Combined Cadet Force, tackled the gruelling course from the school across the South Downs to the charity’s base on the coast at Brighton. The cadets took it in turns to walk different sections of the walk blindfolded while guided by their friends.

Year 13 pupil Elliot Riley organised the challenge and he said: “I am so proud of all the cadets for putting in so much effort to raise money and get to the end of the walk. It is great that we were able to raise such a large sum for a local charity doing such valuable work. Completing the walk blindfolded gave us a very limited idea of what it might be like to lose your eye sight.”

Major Mark Aggrey, who is the force’s Contingent Commander at the school, said: “Service to others is an important value that the cadet force tries to develop in young people. Events like this help the cadets understand the importance of helping others and the sacrifices soldiers, sailors and airmen make in service to the country.”

Blind Veterans UK was founded in 1915 and the charity’s initial purpose was to help and support soldiers blinded in World War I. But the organisation has gone on to support more than 35,000 blind veterans and their families, spanning World War II to recent conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan.

For more than a century, the charity has been providing vital free training, rehabilitation, equipment and emotional support to blind and vision-impaired veterans no matter when they served or how they lost their sight.  Any donations can be made to https://www.justgiving.com/Christs-HospitalCCF/ or TEXT BVUK94( followed by donation amount- i.e BVUK94 £5) to 707000.

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