Army veteran to take on 100km 24-hour hike

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A former Army bomb disposal officer is urging people to join him on the ultimate fitness test and hike 100km to raise money for Blind Veterans UK.

Terry Raby, 60, from Wellingborough, is tackling the challenge to walk from London to Brighton in under 24 hours on Saturday, June 1, to raise money for the charity, which provides support to blind Armed Forces veterans.

Terry served in the Royal Engineers between 1969 and 1986 as a bomb disposal expert and was part of a British military contingent in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion of the country.

“Working in a bomb disposal team, I saw first-hand the impact that injuries had on people, including those that rob their victims of their sight,” he said. “It isn’t just a case of the injury itself, it’s also the fact that you often have to try to rebuild your life and re-learn old skills from scratch.”

Terry set himself the challenge to get fit in the New Year after recovering from a major operation on his arm: “I simply can’t think of anything better than raising money for veterans who have given their lives and souls in service of this country,” he said. For more information visit www.blindveteransblog.org.uk/walk-100k.