Grantham family prepares for 100km walking challenge in aid of blind veterans

Pam MacAllister with her father Edward King who has been supported by Blind Veterans UK.
Pam MacAllister with her father Edward King who has been supported by Blind Veterans UK.
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A family from Grantham is set to tackle a 100km walk for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Servicemen and women.

Pam MacAllister, 55, signed up for the Blind Veterans UK 100k London to Brighton challenge with her family to give back to the charity that has supported her father for the past six years.

Pam MacAllister and husband Andrew who will walk 100km for Blind Veterans UK.

Pam MacAllister and husband Andrew who will walk 100km for Blind Veterans UK.

Pam’s father, Edward King, served in the Army from 1945 until 1948 for his National Service. He went to Israel and Egypt with the South Wales Borderers and was discharged as a Lance Corporal. Edward suffers from macular degeneration and started receiving help and support from Blind Veterans UK in 2009.

Pam said: “I’ve noticed a real change in my father since he began receiving support from Blind Veterans UK. He was beginning to feel isolated but his induction week at the charity’s centre changed all of that.

“The equipment he got makes a real difference too, especially the magnifier provided by the charity that he uses to read his letters.”

Pam and her family go on long distance walking holidays and she suggested the Blind Veterans UK 100k walk to her family. Now she’ll be taking on the 100k challenge with her husband Andrew, her son Joe and his girlfriend Katie.

Pam said: “As a family we do quite a lot of walking and we’ve been to the South Downs and Scotland before on holidays. We’ve already booked our holiday for next year which will be good training for us.”

Joe and Katie, both 28, now living in Shoreham, completed a 40 mile walk last year around the South Downs and have some idea of what this challenge will require of them.

Registration for the 100k, which will kick off in Fulham on Saturday, July 2, is currently open with a registration fee of £62.50 for the 100km. For those not wanting to walk the full distance, there is also a relay option available for teams of four walking 25k each. Teams taking part in the relay have a registration fee of £110. The all-inclusive entrance fee for participants includes lunch, dinner and breakfast at three rest stops, snacks and refreshments along the route and a free event T-shirt.

The London to Brighton 100k challenge is Blind Veterans UK’s biggest annual fundraiser and takes participants from a starting point in south west London, along the banks of the Thames, through countryside paths in Surrey, Sussex and the North and South Downs to the charity’s centre in Ovingdean, Brighton.

Pam added: “It’s quite an enormous task as it’s what we would normally walk in three or four days. However, I’m very much looking forward to the event as it’ll be great to give back to such a good charity.”

To support Pam, Andrew, Joe and Katie as they take on the challenge, visit www.justgiving.com.

To sign up for the Blind Veterans UK 100k challenge, visit www.blindveterans.org.uk/100k