A partially sighted woman from Devon will be walking, running or cycling 15 miles a day for 1,000 days to raise money for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.
Laura Cartmill, 31 and from Brixham, will be completing the challenge between October this year and July 2025. By the end of the 1,000 days, she will have travelled 15,000 miles in support of the charity.
Laura is partially sighted and was born with a rare eye condition called aniridia. This means she has no irides, the coloured part of the eye.
“I understand some of the difficulties that blind veterans face in their day-to-day lives. My eye condition means that my pupils remain large and my eyes don’t adjust to different light. My eyes are extremely sensitive and I need to wear dark glasses when I go outside regardless of the weather conditions.
“It’s possible in the future that I may develop glaucoma.
“I like to keep active and have been playing disability football for 10 years. I play for Tavistock Special Ladies in the Devon Ability Counts league which is an inclusive league for people with different disabilities. I now also coach football. However, I am not a runner or a cyclist and therefore this challenge will be outside of my comfort zone.
“I’m really looking forward to getting started and it will feel amazing to raise money for Blind Veterans UK with every mile I do so the charity can continue to change people’s lives. I also hope that I can show others that if you set your mind to it then anything is possible.
“Blind Veterans UK does an incredible job. They work to change the lives of veterans who may feel isolated after losing their sight.”
Laura is hoping to raise £300 for Blind Veterans UK. Please visit Laura’s JustGiving page to help her reach her target.
Blind Veterans UK supports thousands of blind veterans across the country but knows there are tens of thousands more who still need its support to rebuild their lives after sight loss.
If you, or someone you know, served in the Armed Forces, including National Service, and are now struggling with sight loss, then please get in touch. Call 0800 389 7979 or visit: blindveterans.org.uk/support.