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Blind veteran joins 200-mile charity ride

Published: 08 August 2019

Updated: 08 August 2019

Carol Sharp, a blind veteran from Worthing in her 70s is going to take a 200-mile pillion ride for charity on Saturday, August 10.

The Ride for Life Beyond Sight Loss will set off from Moreton-in-Marsh and travel to the Blind Veterans UK training and rehabilitation centre in Ovingdean with stops at the Army Flying Museum in Stockbridge and the D-Day Landing Room at Portsmouth along the way.

"I’m very much looking forward to the ride – I just love the exhilaration of being on a bike," said Carol. "A lot of [blind veterans] all enjoy an adrenaline rush, and there are lots of things we can’t do without the help of a sighted person.

"What is really wonderful is the description of the journey we get form the bikers on the intercom, even though I’m not able to see the countryside it makes me feel like I can appreciate the changing scenery.

"In my youth I would ride on the back of an old BSA my brother used for scrambling. I loved the fresh air and the feel of freedom – whether you’re sighted or not, you can still get that from a motorbike. Mind you, the bikes are much more comfortable than they used to be!"

All funds raised will go to Blind Veterans UK, to join #TeamBlindVeterans and sign up for the event with your own motorcycle, visit the Blind Veterans UK website.

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