Run­ning to aid blind vet­er­ans

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

An ex-ser­vice­man from Ash­ford is set to run the Royal Parks Foun­da­tion half marathon this Oc­to­ber for Blind Vet­er­ans UK, the na­tional char­ity for vi­sion­im­paired ex-Ser­vice men and women.

Ges Laker, 59, pic­tured, has been fundrais­ing for Blind Vet­er­ans UK since 1986 and de­cided to tackle a half marathon in his latest ef­forts to raise aware­ness and vi­tal funds for the char­ity.

He first heard about Blind Vet­er­ans UK whilst serv­ing in the Royal Navy. He joined the Navy in 1971 and worked as a phys­i­cal train­ing in­struc­tor un­til 1991.

He said: “Blind Vet­er­ans UK is the cho­sen char­ity for the Fleet Air Arm Field Gun Crew and it’s how I first started fundrais­ing for the char­ity. I kept fundrais­ing for them even af­ter I left the Navy.

“My big­gest chal­lenge was five years ago when I walked along the whole coast of the UK, which is some 6,500 miles. I com­pleted it in lit­tle over a year and in the end I raised £30,000 for Blind Vet­er­ans UK.

“The Royal Parks Foun­da­tion half marathon is three days af­ter my 60th birth­day and I’m a lit­tle wor­ried about how my knees will be hold­ing up. How­ever, I am very much look­ing for­ward to it.”

To spon­sor Ges’s half marathon ef­fort visit www. just­giv­ing.com/Ges-Laker.

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