Tunbridge Wells soldier to walk 100k for Blind Veterans

Tunbridge Wells soldier to walk 100k for Blind Veterans

An ex-soldier from Kent is aiming to raise £1,000 for blind military veterans – by putting himself to the ultimate fitness challenge and walking 100k in under 24 hours.

Gary Robinson, 53, from Tunbridge Wells, will tackle the 100k walk from London to Brighton in aid of Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for blind and vision impaired ex-Service men and women.

Gary served in the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, a tank regiment, from 1978 to 1990. During his time in the Army, Gary served in the UK, Canada and Germany. Gary signed up for the 100k after seeing a leaflet for the event at work. Looking for a personal challenge, Gary decided to tackle the Walk, saying: “My former regiment’s motto was “Not One Step Back”, so I’m taking on the 100k in that spirit. Signing up for the event was a bit spontaneous, but I like to throw myself into these things – especially if I’m able to support good causes like Blind Veterans UK.”

With less than two months to go before the 100k, Gary has already smashed his £500 fundraising target, having raised £740 for the charity to date – including a single donation of £100. Now, Gary is aiming to raise even more, having raised his target to £1,000.

He says: “One of my friends has promised to donate 50p for every kilometre I walk – bringing in another £50 for Blind Veterans UK.”

Places for the 100k, which will kick off in South London on Saturday 21st June and concludes on Sunday 22nd June, are currently available, with a registration fee of £99 per participant or £120 for a two- or four-man relay team. The all inclusive entrance fee for participants includes hot food at three rest stops, snacks and refreshments along the route, support from first aiders en route and a free event t-shirt.

The event is Blind Veterans UK’s biggest annual fundraiser and takes walkers from a starting point in south London, along the banks of the Thames, through countryside paths in Surrey, Sussex and the North and South Downs to the charity’s centre in Ovingdean, Brighton.

To support Gary on the 100k Walk, please visit www.justgiving.com/Gary-Jobbo-Robinson. For more information about the 100k and about Blind Veterans UK’s work, go to www.blindveteransblog.org.uk/walk-100k or sign up at http://walk100.org.uk/sign-up/.