Police officer to walk for blind veterans


A police officer is calling on people to join him on the 100km London to Brighton challenge for Blind Veterans UK.

Steve Vass, 30, completed the challenge last year with friends and has signed up again with the hope of completing the walk in 18 hours.

Steve, from Crawley, said: “I loved the event last year. It was tough. I have good experience in long distance walking and endurance events and even with good training I found it challenging.”

A knee injury meant Steve, who served in the Royal Marines from 2002 to 2006, was never deployed to active duty, and he now works as a response officer for Sussex Police, working from Crawley station.

He added: “I have had good friends who have deployed on operations that have not returned or have been affected by combat.

“I also have members of my family who have served in the Armed Forces, so I feel that this is a small way of saying thank to them for their sacrifice, by raising money for Blind Veterans UK.”

Blind Veterans UK provides free services and help to veterans no matter when they served or how they lost their sight, be it due to accident, illness, or medical condition.

The charity provides rehabilitation, training, care and recreational activities via its centres in Brighton, Llandudno and Sheffield and a network of welfare staff spanning the UK supporting more than 4,000 blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Steve said: “I knew of Blind Veterans UK but I did not truly realise the extent of what the charity does to help our veterans.

“I feel very humbled knowing that doing this 100km will raise money to help our wounded soldiers lead a better life.

“I feel excited about doing the event again but find myself getting a bit nervous as time gets closer simply because I know what’s coming!”

The walk will be held on Saturday June 6. To sponsor Steve, log on to www.justgiving.com/Steve-Vass2 .