A Police Officer from West Sussex is currently training to compete in Revolve 24, the Brands Hatch Cycle Challenge, for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.
Kala, 39 and from Littlehampton, will be taking on the challenge with her teammates at Angmering Cycling Club. Kala says: “Some of the guys took part last year and had nothing but positive things to say about it. It seems like a great challenge both personally and collectively.”
Kala, who works in the Missing People and Child Sexual Exploitation Team, admits the decision to fundraise on behalf of Blind Veterans UK was the result of a chance encounter. She explains: “My husband was on a course and was speaking about me doing the challenge. A gentleman overheard him and gave him £20 – my first donation!
“It just so happened that this man was a blind veteran, and as we hadn’t yet decided on a charity to fundraise for, we thought Blind Veterans UK would have to be the one!”
Kala’s husband served in the Royal Navy for 24 years, so she has a natural affinity with and admiration for those who have risked their lives protecting their country. She says: “I try to support as many military charities as possible. The work Blind Veterans UK does in helping veterans battle blindness is truly inspiring, and a cause I’m looking forward to supporting.
To donate to Kala as she prepares to cycle the Revolve24 Brands Hatch Cycle Challenge, please visit: justgiving.com/kalarevolve24.
To find out more about the Revolve24 Brands Hatch Cycle Challenge, please visit: blindveterans.org.uk/revolve24
Notes to Editor
Blind Veterans UK
Blind Veterans UK is a national charity that believes that no-one who has served our country should have to battle blindness alone. Founded in 1915, the charity provides blind and vision impaired ex-Service men and women with lifelong support including welfare support, rehabilitation, training, residential and respite care.