Ex-soldier’s 100km mission

Steve Tranter from St Annes who is walking from London to Brighton
Steve Tranter from St Annes who is walking from London to Brighton
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A former soldier is tackling a 100km walk from London to Brighton to raise money for charity.

Steve Tranter, 55 of Jervis Close, St Annes, is raising money for Blind Veterans UK.

The 100km walk starts in June, with Steve, a former soldier who toured Northern Ireland, Bosnia and the Falklands,hoping to raise thousands of pounds for a former colleague.

He said: “As I’m ex-Forces man I wanted to do something for a military charity.

“When I read Blind Veterans UK were organising a 100km walk I signed up immediately.

“The charity does incredible work supporting blind veterans with vision impairment.

“I know this first hand through a friend and former colleague, Peter Watson, who was blinded by an explosive in Northern Ireland in 1977.

“It’s great to give something back to Blind Veterans UK for all the help they have given him.”

Steve joined the Army in 1975 when he was 16.

He became part of the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment as an infantry soldier but climbed the ranks to Regimental Sergeant Major – the highest rank for a non-commissioned officer.

He left the Army in 2000 after 25 years of service and now works as an IT specialist.

The June event is Blind Veterans UK’s largest fundraiser and takes walkers from a starting point in south London, along the banks of the Thames, through countryside paths in Surrey, Sussex and the North and South Downs to the charity’s centre in Ovingdean, Brighton.

Steve, who hopes to complete the walk in 20 hours added: “I’m really looking forward to the 100km.

“I heard that the atmosphere was amazing last year and I’m hoping for more of the same this year.

“I did something similar a few years ago, including the Three Peaks Challenge in North Yorkshire.

“I’ve just started training and I am excited about the challenge ahead.”

To sponsor Steve – who has already raised more than £600 as he tackles the 100km for Blind Veterans UK, visit www.justgiving.com/Steve-Tranter1

To find out more about the Blind Veterans UK’s 100k challenge, and to sign up for the event, visit www.blindveterans.org.uk/100k