Suffolk blind Veteran to take on UK’s biggest inflatable 5K and challenges fellow East Anglians to join him

A blind Veteran from Suffolk will be taking on the UK’s biggest inflatable 5K fun run next month and is challenging others from the area to join him.

Colin Penaluna, 58 and from Bury St Edmunds, served in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers for eight years between 1978 and 1986. During that time he completed tours in Cyprus, Germany and Canada.

The challenge takes place on Saturday 7 September in Trinity Park, Ipswich, and will feature 15 gigantic obstacles, making it the biggest inflatable 5K obstacle event ever created. Colin will be doing two rounds of the course, taking on the 10K version of the challenge.

His motivation to take part is to show what can be achieved after sight loss and highlight the vital role Blind Veterans UK have played in getting him back to his former self.

He says:

“People often write off the blind and partially sighted so I want to highlight the amazing things that can be achieved even after you’ve lost your sight.

“When I first lost my sight I was a shadow of my former self. Luckily I found out about Blind Veterans UK and thanks to their support and rehabilitation I refound my mojo and I’m living life to the fullest.

“I challenge my fellow East Anglians to join Team Blind Veterans and take on the 5 or 10K with us. It is going to be tough but like I always say, if you’re doing it for a great cause and you believe in yourself, anything is possible.”

Sign up at www.blindveterans.org.uk/funrun2019. Registration is £15 for adults and £10 for under 16s. Minimum sponsorship is £75.

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.

Blind Veterans UK 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. The charity has a dedicated community team in Suffolk who provide support including training, equipment and social events for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women in the local area.

For all media enquiries please contact:
William Witt
Regional Marcomms Executive
E: william.witt@blindveterans.org.uk
T: 07599 556 664

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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