Essex man to experience 48 hours of life with sight loss and take on 5K run

A man from Colchester will go blindfolded for 48 hours next weekend, taking on the usual challenges of living with sight loss but also going one step further and tackling a 5K park run, 30-minute lane swim and a climbing session.

NPICNephi Attree, a 29-year-old Exercise Rehabilitation Instructor with the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, will be taking on the challenge on October 26 and October 27.

As well as facing the home-based challenges like making a cup of tea, opening post and cooking, Nephi will be taking on the Castle Park 5K, a 30-minute lane swim at the Colchester Garrison and a climbing session at Leisure World Tiptree.

Serving soldier Nephi is raising funds and building awareness for Blind Veterans UK, the charity which rebuilds veterans’ lives after sight loss through rehabilitation, training and equipment

He’s fundraising through his Just Giving page and will also be doing street collections in Colchester on October 26 and October 27. He’s 25% of the way to his £350 goal. If you would like to support Nephi please visit his Just Giving page here:

This is Nephi’s first time fundraising for a charity and he decided he wanted to do something a bit different. He said:

“I’ve been wanting to fundraise for a while but was never quite sure who to support or what to do. But when I found out about Blind Veterans UK and the way that they literally transform lives, it was an easy decision to support them. A 48-hour blindfold challenge seemed like an appropriate one.

“I’ve seen the support they offer veterans my age who have been wounded in combat as well as more elderly veterans who have been struck down by Macular Degeneration and the cause really stuck with me.

“The size of the task ahead is slowly dawning on me but I’m interested to see how I adjust and gain a new perspective on the challenges that the vision-impaired experience on a daily basis.

“If anyone wants to come and cheer me on at the Castle Park 5k on October 26, it would be much appreciated. Alternatively, if you’d like to contribute to my Just Giving and support the work done by Blind Veterans UK, please visit my page here:”

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