Brighton best buddies encourage community to ‘March for Veterans’

Two teammates from the Saltdean Tigers are to become the youngest participants in a 10-mile fundraising walk and are encouraging their community to sign up and join them.

Jesse Skinner and Reuben Chatfield, both 7-years-old and from Saltdean, will be taking part in Blind Veterans UK’s ‘March for Veterans’ walk along the Brighton seafront.

The year 2 pupils are following in the footsteps of Jesse’s older brother Seb, who took part in last year’s walk, raising over £700 for Blind Veterans UK.

Jesse said:

“I’ve seen the amazing work the charity does through my dad’s job so it’s a great feeling to be doing something to help them. I’m going all out to beat my older brother’s time and I’m sure I’ll do it!”

Reuben said:

“We’re both super excited to take part in our first fundraising walk and raise money for a good cause. Come join us on March 28 and try and beat us to the finish line!”

Jesse’s dad, Dan Skinner, Facilities Lead at Blind Veterans UK, said:

“It’s great to see Jesse and Reuben take on a challenge for charity and give something back to the community at such a young age. Safe to say I’m very proud of them.”

The boys have so far raised around a quarter of their fundraising target. To help them hit their target and support isolated blind veterans living with sight loss, please visit their fundraising page here

March for Veterans Brighton kicks off at 10am on March 28 with the exciting ten-mile route hugging the Brighton coastline before finishing at Blind Veterans UK’s iconic rehabilitation centre, custom build for the charity in 1938. For more information and to sign up, please visit:

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 Sussex who provide support including training, equipment and social events for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women in the local area.