An RAF veteran from South Shields is to take on his twelfth Great North Run (GNR) in September, raising money for the charity that supports blind and partially sighted veterans, Blind Veterans UK.
46-year-old Kenny Nesworthy spent 22 years in the RAF, serving as a Chief Technician supporting operations across Europe and the Middle East. He now works as a Rail Fleet Manager for Stadler Rail Services UK, based in Liverpool.
“I’ve completed the GNR consecutively every year since 2016, so this will be my sixth year in a row raising valuable funds for Blind Veterans UK.
“Losing one’s sight must be a horrific and challenging thing to encounter, but I’ve seen the amazing work that Blind Veterans UK does to turn lives around. The most incredible thing is the advancement of technology that can be made available to blind veterans. It means they can continue to be independent and pursue their life, love and passions after sight loss. Blind Veterans UK do a wonderful job facilitating this through its vital work”.
On his target for the race, Kenny says:
“Every year I try and beat my previous time. I’d be happy with anything between 1:34 and 1:37, but the main thing is to just complete it and raise money for a fantastic cause.”
Blind Veterans UK still has places available for the Great North Run. If you’d like to take on the challenge and raise much needed funds to support blind veterans, please sign up here: https://www.blindveterans.org.uk/greatnorthrun