Saltdean friends to become youngest participants in history of charity walk

Two seven-year-old football teamates are ‘super excited’ to be taking on a 10-mile sponsored walk along Brighton seafront.

Saltdean Tigers Reuben (left) and Jesse
Saltdean Tigers Reuben (left) and Jesse

Saltdean Tigers Jesse Skinner and Reuben Chatfield will take part in Blind Veterans UK’s 10-mile March for Veterans on March 28.

It will see the Saltdean Primary School children become the youngest participants in the history of the event, now in its second year.

Jesse’s dad Dan works as facilities lead at the charity and his brother Seb took part in the inaugural walk last year, raising more than £700 and finishing in two hours, 30 minutes.

Jesse said: “I’ve seen the amazing work the charity does through my dad’s job so it’s a great feeling to be doing something to help them.

“I’m going all out to beat my older brother’s time and I’m sure I’ll do it!”

Reuben added: “We’re both super excited to take part in our first fundraising walk and raise money for a good cause.”

Jesse and Reuben are hoping to raise £250 through the walk via their online JustGiving page ( and have already generated £80 towards their target.

Jesse’s dad Dan said: “It’s great to see Jesse and Reuben take on a challenge for charity and give something back to the community at such a young age.

“Safe to say I’m very proud of them.”

March for Veterans in Brighton will start and finish at its rehabilitation centre, in Ovingdean.

Blind Veterans UK supports vision-impaired, former service men and women.