An Army corporal based in Hertfordshire is set to run 13 miles to raise money for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.
On September 10, Corporal Andrews Adibu, known as Adi, will be joining over 57,000 runners taking part in this year’s Great North Run.
This will be 39-year-old Adi’s first ever half marathon.
“I enjoy running and as part of my regular training with the Army, I run six to eight miles so am looking forward to pushing myself to run further and to raise money for an incredible charity at the same time.
“I’ve been serving in the Army for 12 years and in my role I support operational deployment. It’s my job to ensure that soldiers are mission ready before they are sent around the world and all the relevant administrative work has been completed.
“I have seen people return with serious and life threatening injuries and not just physical ones which is part of my reason for choosing to raise money for Blind Veterans UK.
“The charity supports those veterans who have lost their sight no matter how it has happened; blindness can happen while on operations, an accident while stationed in the UK or indeed later in life when the person is no longer serving.
“These veterans have put their lives on the line to stand up for peace around the world and this is my opportunity to say thank you.
“My other reason for choosing Blind Veterans UK is something quite personal to me, when I was at boarding school, a good friend of mine was blind and I would support him in navigating around the school.
“We sadly didn’t stay in touch but he’s had a lasting impact on me and my sight will never be something I take for granted.”
Adi is hoping to raise £320 for Blind Veterans UK. If you would like to support him in reaching his fundraising target please visit: GreatNorthRun2023.enthuse.com/pf/andrews-adibu
If you have a place in the Great North Run, or another challenge, and want to fundraise for Blind Veterans UK please visit: blindveterans.org.uk/support-us/fundraise-for-us
Blind Veterans UK supports thousands of blind veterans across the country, but knows there are many thousands more who still need its support to rebuild their lives after sight loss.
If you, or someone you know, served in the Armed Forces, including National Service, and are now struggling with sight loss, then please get in touch. Call 0800 389 7979 or visit blindveterans.org.uk/support