Local military charity offers chance to test your mettle with Zip Wire Challenge

Blind Veterans UK is offering a unique chance to test your bravery in a 120-foot-high Zip Wire Challenge from the top of its rehabilitation and training centre in Ovingdean, Brighton – all in the name of charity.

The challenge will be hosted by the Royal Marines and takes place on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May.

Rob De Rosa, 48 and from Saltdean, is a volunteer for the charity who has decided to put aside his fear of heights to help raise funds for the military charity Blind Veterans UK.

Rob says:

“I’m feeling a little bit nervous because I’m not great with heights but I thought this would push me out of my comfort zone a little bit. I like a challenge and it’s for a brilliant cause – I’m aiming to raise £200 for the charity.

“As part of my work as a volunteer, I visit Irene, a local blind veteran for a couple of hours a week. She’s an impressive, really resilient lady. Any veteran should have the support of the community but for those that rely on Blind Veterans UK it’s even more of a worthy cause.”

Rachel Chitty, Regional Fundraiser for Blind Veterans UK says:

“We’re really excited to welcome the Royal Marines back for the Zip Wire Challenge, which is always an amazing experience for participants and with the Royal Marines hosting we know you’ll be in safe hands.”

You can sign up to the Zip Wire Challenge as an individual or with a group by visiting the Blind Veterans UK’s website, or by calling 01273 391455.

To donate to Rob’s fundraiser visit his page at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/robert-de-rosa

The Zip Wire Challenge is just one of the ways to support Blind Veterans UK. You can find out more at https://www.blindveterans.org.uk/get-involved/

Blind Veterans UK helps vision-impaired ex-Service men and women of every generation rebuild their lives after sight loss. Since 1915, the charity has provided rehabilitation, training, practical advice and emotional support to tens of thousands of blind veterans.

It currently supports more blind veterans than ever before in the charity’s history, but it knows there are many more who still need its support to rebuild their lives following their sight loss.

For all media enquiries please contact:

Ailie MacDonald Wilson, Regional Marcomms Executive, ailie.macdonaldwilson@blindveterans.org.uk / 07599 535484

Notes to Editor

Blind Veterans UK helps vision-impaired ex-Service men and women of every generation rebuild their lives after sight loss. Since 1915, we’ve provided rehabilitation, training, practical advice and emotional support to tens of thousands of blind veterans.

Find out more at: blindveterans.org.uk and follow us on Facebook at: facebook.com/blindveteransuk and on Twitter at: twitter.com/blindveterans.

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