94-year-old War Veteran Graham Bell took part in an individual triathlon in support of Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind (SRSB) over the weekend.
As part of the 2.6 Challenge, Graham cycled 2.6 miles, rowed 2.6 miles and ran 2.6 times around his garden raising funds.
Graham, who is a client at (SRBS) has taken part in many fundraising events, including recently, a glass and firewalk and the GYR.
But in line with the Covid-19 guidelines, Graham is self-isolating and is an At Home Hero on his exercise bike and rowing machine for the charity.
Graham told Charity Today:
“My heart goes out to all the local charities who are unable to raise money for their worthy causes. I have volunteered for SRSB for over 15 years, and I understand their difficulties, which is why I want to help.”
SRSB has had to cancel several fundraising events and collections causing an income shortfall, while still providing vital services to blind and partially sighted people in Sheffield.
Daily, staff and volunteers are doing essential shopping, collecting medical supplies, offering benefits advice and phoning clients to ensure they are okay and provide any help required.
Jo Ardern, Deputy General Manager at SRSB, said:
“The challenges that blind and partially sighted people face daily is bad enough, but with the added pressure of self-isolation, life for our clients is incredibly challenging right now. We need to keep our services going.”
Graham won Charity Today’s Special Recognition Award at September’s Charity Today Awards. He was just a teenager when he took part in D-Day, the largest ever invasion which helped liberate Europe 75 years ago when thousands were killed. He says, “The war lasted six years, this Coronavirus hopefully will last less than a year. Having said all that I prefer the war, at least I could see the enemy.”
If you wish to support Graham in his challenge for SRSB visit his Just Giving page here: Graham Bell War Veteran 2.6 triathlon challenge