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Charity challenge to raise £100,000 for training boat

A new charity challenge is looking for supporters to help raise £100,000 in a year for a training boat to help injured veterans.

The Float-A-Boat campaign hopes to raise £100,000 during 2018 for the sailing charity Turn to Starboard – to help meet demand for its sail training service for veterans affected by military operations and their families.

As well as taking part in key fundraising events including a 24-hour life raft survival challenge, ‘It’s a knockout’ competition and a coastal obstacle course, supporters are invited to make a donation by text message or create their own fundraising event.

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Blind veterans join local champion boxers as part of New Year fitness week

A group of blind veterans have joined local boxers and trainers at the famous Brighton and Hove Amateur Boxing Club as part of a fitness week led by the charity Blind Veterans UK.

Seven vision-impaired ex-Service men and women visited the iconic boxing gym in Hove to train with three of the Hove ABC’s specialists including Scott Welch, retired professional boxer and former ABA Amateur Heavyweight Champion.

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Haig Housing Annual Charity Golf Day

The fabulous Addington Golf Club near Croydon in Surrey is once again playing host to Haig’s annual Charity Golf Day. It is open to 72 players or 18 teams of 4 @ £150 per head. Players all receive a breakfast bap, tea/coffee, goodie bag, 18 Holes of golf on a premier and challenging course, the first drink at the 19th hole and first-rate 2 course lunch after the game. Enrol your own team or we will group individual players.

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Blind civil servant from Cumbria to take on 100km challenge for sight loss charity

A blind civil servant from Barrow-in-Furness is training to complete a 100 kilometre walk for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Adrian Treharne MBE, 46 and born in Catterick Garrison, signed up to the event to satisfy a growing urge to test himself physically. He explains: “For a while now I’ve wanted to do some fundraising that’d allow me to push my body to the limit, and the 100k Yorkshire just seemed like the perfect opportunity.

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A New Year challenge to make a difference to the Armed Forces family

Sign up to the Midlands 30:30 challenge on 17th February for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, helping those in need

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity is shouting out to the local community to sign up for an exhilarating challenge for 2018 – Midlands 30:30. Consisting of a 30 mile or 30 km trek across the beautiful Uttoxeter countryside whilst wearing 30lb backpacks, teams of four will compete to cross the finishing line.

This year, there is also an adjusted 14:18 route for teams wishing to take on a less daunting challenge, where trekkers will cover 14km carrying 18lb packs.

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Military charity challenges brave soles to walk on fire

A military charity is challenging local residents to test their nerves in a daring fire walk.

On Saturday 28 April, Blind Veterans UK will be hosting the Worcester Fire Walk Challenge, a 15 feet walk over hot coals, at New College Worcester. The coals will reach temperatures of 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, 100 degrees more than it takes to melt aluminium.

Victoria Beech, Regional Fundraiser for Blind Veterans UK, says: “We love offering our supporters new and exciting ways in which they can fundraise for our charity.

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Cornwall health care worker to take on 100km challenge for charity that supports her father

A health care worker from Cornwall is training to complete a 100 kilometre walk in Yorkshire for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women that supports her father.

Sue Edwards, 49 and from Hayle, explains that the care the organisation has provided her father with fed her decision to fundraise on its behalf. She explains: “He became a beneficiary about 18 months and absolutely loves it. My mum too. They’ve been down to the charity’s Brighton centre three times already and always have a fantastic time!

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Bedford blind veteran looks forward to 2018 thanks to support of military charity

A blind veteran from Bedford has praised Blind Veterans UK for the help he has received in the past year after losing his sight. Brian Hill, 89, started receiving support from the charity this time last year.

Brian says: “Since joining Blind Veterans UK I’ve tried all sorts of things I’d written off because of my sight loss. It’s been a great year and I’m looking forward to plenty more adventures in 2018!”

Brian joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1945 and spent the majority of his Service in Germany. He worked in operations, plotting the location of aircrafts and reporting on weather conditions for pilots.

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Walsall blind veteran looks forward to 2018 thanks to “fantastic” support of national charity

A blind veteran from Walsall has praised Blind Veterans UK for the help he has received after losing his sight. Geoff Deaney, 70 and from Bentley, started receiving support from the charity this time last year.

Geoff says “Finding out I would become blind was a real kick to the stomach. But over the past year Blind Veterans UK have proven to me that there is still a lot to be excited about. It’s been a fantastic year and I looking forward to seeing what 2018 has to offer.”

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UK veterans sail to victory in ‘Ashes on the water’

A crew of wounded veterans has led the UK to victory at an iconic yacht race billed as the ‘Ashes on the Water’.

Eight wounded, injured and ill UK veterans joined a UK crew to take on the Australian’s in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on Boxing Day.

The UK crew crossed the finish line almost 11 hours ahead of their friendly rivals in the race from Sydney to Hobart in Tasmania and finished in 49th place overall. Sir Robin Know-Johnston, the first man to sail solo, non-stop around the world in 1969, joined the UK crew as their on-board navigator.

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