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Cumbria blind veteran to tackle third 100km ultra-challenge walk for military charity

A blind veteran who battled a brain tumour and two bouts of meningitis is set to tackle a third 100km ultra-challenge walk for the military charity who supports him.

Darren Blanks, 30, and a father-of-two from Egremont, hopes to walk from London to Brighton in 15 hours this weekend for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

He jokes: “I completed the 100k London to Brighton in 25 hours in 2014, but I blame sitting in the pub for too long. I want to get a faster time this year and reckon I can do the 100k in under 15 hours.”

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New Regional Fundraiser joins Poppyscotland team

Poppyscotland is delighted to announce the arrival of a new Regional Fundraiser for its welfare centre in Inverness. Frances Beveridge joins a team going from strength to strength since the centre opened its doors four years ago.

In her role, Frances will develop, implement and grow supporter-led fundraising within the region. A critical aspect of the job is to support the volunteer Poppy Appeal Area Organisers to maximise their local appeal totals and Frances will also be working to maximise the potential of the schools fundraising strategy and promote and enable supporter participation in large-scale national events.

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Combat Stress summer fete raises record breaking amount

The Combat Stress Hollybush House treatment centre fete has raised a record breaking amount for the veterans’ mental health charity.

Held on Saturday 10 June the fete raised an incredible £8,924, the largest amount the charity has raised through the fete in the 25 years it has been taking place.

The Hollybush House fete offers the unique opportunity to visit the treatment centre and grounds to learn more about its place in the Ayrshire community.

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Soldiers sign up for Total Warrior Challenge to raise funds for Scotland’s Armed Forces children’s charity

26 June 2017 – A team of soldiers from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (SCOTS DG) have signed up for a gruelling Total Warrior challenge to raise funds for Scotland’s Armed Forces Children’s Charity.

The 11 strong team are hoping to raise over £2,500 by putting themselves through 10 km of 30 punishing challenges, including: crawling under barbed wire through 50 metres of mud; wading through iced water; rope climbs; jumping over flaming logs, and negotiating their way through hundreds of electrical currents in order to cross the finish line.

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Local pub supports military charity with a month of fundraising

The Fox Inn, Patching has chosen to support the Worthing-based Queen Alexandra Hospital Home in July.

The month-long fundraising initiative takes place throughout July, and includes in-house collections and a pub quiz!

The quiz will take place at The Fox, Arundel Road, Patching on Tuesday 18 July at 6.30pm. It costs £5 per person to enter, and this includes a cone of chips per person. On the night, there will also be a raffle and other games for you to participate in.

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Blind veteran from Lancashire to take on fastest zip line in the world for his 90th birthday

A blind veteran from Chorley, Lancashire is planning on celebrating his 90th birthday by traveling down Zip World Velocity in Bethesda, North-West Wales, the fastest zip line in the world, and the longest in Europe.

Bob Hill, who turned 90 in May, will be raising money for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women, by flying down the world famous wire, on which pervious participants have been known to travel as fast as 100mph.

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Student from Abergele climbs Snowden blindfolded to support sight loss charity

An occupational therapy student from Abergele has reached the summit of Wales’ highest peak, Snowden, having completed the walk completely blindfolded. She has done so to raise awareness and money for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Izzy Jones, currently a student in York, embarked on the epic walk on Sunday 4 June. Despite the daunting task, Izzy maintains it was the support of her guide that helped her to the top of the mountain in one piece.

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All the fun of the fayre, in aid of disabled veterans

There will be bunting galore on Boundary Road, Worthing on Saturday 8 July, as The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home (QAHH) opens its doors to the public for its Summer Fayre!

The charity’s annual event is held to raise money for the local Hospital Home, which cares for disabled ex-Servicemen and women. QAHH strives to improve the mobility and independence of its residents through rehabilitation services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and social and recreation activities.

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