Members of the REAL Alliance, made up of VolkerRail, Network Rail, J Murphy & Sons, and Siemens Plc, have raised over £5,000 for Blind Veterans UK, by taking part in a 100km charity walk in just 30 hours.
Leading the intrepid walkers across the Peak district was ex Royal Engineers Sergeant, Mick Gallagher. Mick is a delivery manager at VolkerRail and was joined by his colleagues Dee Gallagher, Stacey Woodward, Tony Barnes, Dave Soar, Simon Jowitt, Alex Padurariu, Tony Krepper and Jack Armitage in the trek.
The 100km route, split over two days, saw the team walk from West Yorkshire's Denby Dale and head west towards Holmfirth, walking along a 16km section of disused railway from Dunford Bridge to the A616. The group then walked up onto the moors, on the western edge of the Pennines, before finally reaching flatter grounds that lead them south to finish in Sheffield city centre,
Andrew Jones, director of fundraising and communications, at Blind Veterans UK said: “We are deeply grateful for our amazing fundraising teams like the REAL alliance. Their challenge of taking on a 100km walk and the vital funds raised for Blind Veterans UK will enable the charity to continue its lifelong support for vision-impaired ex-service men and women in areas such as training, rehabilitation and equipment.”
Blind Veterans UK provides vision impaired Armed Forces and National Service veterans with the support they need to discover life beyond sight loss. The organisation’s work ranges from helping veterans relearn vital life skills and lead independent lives to offering new learning, training and recreation opportunities, as well as providing long-term nursing, residential and respite care.