Shaun and Thea's story

Shaun Stocker and Thea Davies
Shaun Stocker and Thea Davies

Blind Veterans UK member Shaun Stocker and fundraiser Thea Davies share a remarkable connection - read their story below.

In 2010, a 22 year old Fusilier named Shaun Stocker served under Captain Stephen Healey of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Welsh. When Shaun was involved in an IED explosion in Afghanistan he was badly injured and lost both his legs and his sight. Captain Stephen Healey campaigned endlessly for Blind Veterans UK after Shaun, one of his men, was left with vision impairment.

 

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Tragically, Stephen was killed in Afghanistan in May 2012.  His partner Thea Davies (pictured here with Shaun) is continuing Stephen's hard work and is dedicated to running 415 miles in his memory. Thea will complete this challenge between October 2012 and October 2013 and all funds raised will go to Blind Veterans UK.

 

She chose 415 miles because Captain Stephen Healey was the 415th fallen soldier since the operation in Afghanistan started in 2001.

 

Pictured are Thea and Shaun at our Llandudno centre in 2012. Shaun, one of our blind veterans, took part in the march to the Cenotaph of Remembrance Sunday 2012. He was interviewed with Lance Corporal Matt Croucher live on the BBC coverage by Sophie Raworth.

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You can support blind veterans like Shaun by sponsoring Thea Davies on her Just Giving page, or find out more about her challenge on her Facebook page or here.

 

We launched the No One Alone campaign to reach out to more people like Shaun. It is estimated that there are 68,000 plus blind veterans who could be eligible for our help but are unaware of it. If you know someone who served in the Armed Forces or National Service who now suffers with sight loss (including age-related sight loss) request our free support by calling 0800 389 7979.

 

Blind Veterans UK interview on BBC Remembrance Sunday coverage

Blind Veterans UK interview on BBC Remembrance Sunday coverage

BBC Remembrance Sunday interview with Shaun Stocker and supporter Matt Croucher

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