Static cycle challenge aids UK blind veterans

PUBLISHED: 12:30 28 January 2017

Simon Hebson and John Evans

Simon Hebson and John Evans

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A soldier from Exmouth is cycling 190 miles on a static bicycle, at Salterton Road Tesco, for Blind Veterans UK - the national charity for vision-impaired ex-service men and women.

Simon Hebson, aged 43, is attempting the challenge for the second year running, after cycling 170 miles at the end of 2016.

Simon said: “I always like to do something charitable every year. With last year’s event proving to be such a success I’m looking forward to having another go.

“It’s a great way of being able push yourself while also raising a lot of money for a great cause.”

Simon’s support for the charity stems from his own military background. Having served in the Coldstream Guards for 23 years, he left the army as a sergeant and now serves in the Full Times Reserve Service (FTRS) as a team leader in the outreach team.

Simon will be supported by his friend, John Evans, a blind veteran who served six years in the Royal Air Force, plus John’s guide dog, Johnny; both gave Simon moral support during last year’s challenge.

Simon is also gearing up to guide John through the summer’s 100k London to Brighton event, a task they both tackled, and completed, last year.

“Not only is it an incredibly worthy cause, but it’s a fantastic way to challenge yourself – both mentally and physically – over the course of 24 hours,” Simon said.

Visit blindveterans.org.uk/support to learn more about the charity.

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