A woman from Hertfordshire will be walking 10 miles on 30 March to raise money for a military charity and is calling on the people of Hertfordshire to join her.

The walk, which will take participants through four of London’s beautiful Royal Parks, forms part of ‘March for Veterans’, a month Blind Veterans UK has dedicated to supporting isolated blind veterans with a variety of fundraising activities.

Sylwia from Hertfordshire prepares for March for Veterans London

There are five 10 mile walks taking place across the UK as well as a 100-mile virtual walk which continues throughout the month.

Sylwia, a 45-year-old Management Accountant from Watford, first got involved with the charity when she applied to become a Home Visitor Volunteer.

Sylwia said:

“My grandfather fought in World War 2 and was blind in one eye. I miss my grandparents terribly and so when I saw an opportunity to help out an elderly blind veteran in my community I jumped at the chance.

“It was through volunteering that I saw the amazing work Blind Veterans UK do in transforming lives in my community and I wanted to get involved and help raise some money. I’m in the initial stages of getting fit and so a 10-mile walk seemed like a great challenge for a beginner like myself.”

Sylwia and Blind Veterans UK, who support ex-Service men and women who have lost their sight, are encouraging others to join her by doing the 10-mile walk or going all out and taking on the 100 miles in the month of March.

She continued: 

“If there’s anyone else out there who’s looking to complete their first challenge then come join me on March 30. You can get fit and raise some money for an amazing cause at the same time. Or if you’re feeling ambitious go for the 100 miles, just know that I won’t be joining you!”

You can find out more information about the challenge and sign up at blindveterans.org.uk/marchforveterans

You can support Sylwia’s fundraising page here.

Paul Lawless, Head of Community Engagement at Blind Veterans UK, said:

“Whether you see the walk as a personal challenge or prefer for the family to all join in too, it’s a great opportunity to get outdoors and do something with the rest of the community while raising money for charity.”

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.

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