Former soldier from Seaford runs from London to Brighton in 17 hours to raise money for Blind Veterans UK

Steve Dann with his family
Steve Dann with his family
  • Steve ran 100 kilometres while carrying 30lbs of kit
  • He said every ounce of pain was worth it to support his brothers and sisters in arms
  • Steve raised £1,200 to help vision impaired ex service men and women

A former soldier from Seaford ran 100k in 17 hours to raise funds for Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

Steve Dann, 31, has a special military link with the charity as he served in the Army Air Corps, the same regiment as Blind Veterans UK’s chief executive Nick Caplin.

He trained every other day to prepare for running from London to Brighton and completed it on Saturday June 6 while carrying 30lbs of kit.

Steve said: “I was exhausted and in agony but it was all worth it to be greeted at the finish line by my beautiful wife and daughters Summer and Faye.

“Every ounce of pain and sweat was worth it for my brothers and sisters in arms who are being looked after at the various sites by Blind Veterans UK.

“I hope I’ve done them proud and I will be actively looking for ways to support the charity again in the future.”

He raised £1,200 which will go towards Blind Veterans’ work supporting vision-impaired ex-service men and women.

Steve joined the Army Air Corps in 2001 where he served as a signaller and an air door gunner in 16 Air Assault Brigade until 2007.

He left as a lance corporal and went on to serve in the Army Reserves for another seven years.

Steve has been aware of the charity’s Brighton centre since he was a little boy.

He said: “As a child my grandfather used to point out the centre in Brighton to me, it’s in the shape of Lancaster bomber so that was always really exciting.

“I recently visited for a tour and it’s a fantastic place. It’s so reassuring to know that if anything ever happened to my sight that I would be looked after.”

Registration for the 100k in 2016, which will kick off in south west London on Saturday July 2, is currently open with an early bird registration fee of £50 per participant.

You can also take on the route as a 4x25k relay team for just £25 per person.

Participants will receive full support along the route. Visit www.blindveterans.org.uk and to support Steve visit his Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/Steven-Dann.

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