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.
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
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
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
BBC Remembrance Sunday interview with Shaun Stocker and supporter Matt Croucher
Enjoy running? Take on a running challenge to raise funds for our blind veterans. We'll support you all the way!
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