Laura Cartmill aims to walk, run or cycle 15 miles a day for 1,000 days to raise money for Blind Veterans UK

Fundraiser Laura in new 15,0000-mile charity challenge

Nikki Belso

A partially sighted Brixham woman 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, 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.

This challenge comes after Laura last year covered 5,000 miles in 500 days to help raise money to buy a prosthetic leg for her football coach, James Lyon.

Laura is herself partially sighted and was born with a rare eye condition called aniridia. This means she has no irides, the coloured part of the eye.

She said: “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 ten 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. Visit Laura’s Just Giving Page to help her reach her target: justgiving.com/laura-cartmill28blindveteransuk

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