Blind football star Clarke signs up for charity challenge

Paralympian David Clarke met blind veteran Corporal Simon Brown, who lost his sight in action eight years ago. Picture (c) Stephen Pover
Paralympian David Clarke met blind veteran Corporal Simon Brown, who lost his sight in action eight years ago. Picture (c) Stephen Pover

A Hertfordshire Paralympian will undertake a gruelling new challenge as he aims to walk 100k in under 24 hours in aid of national charity Blind Veterans UK.

With 128 goals to his name, blind footballer David Clarke has been described by the FA as England’s greatest goalscorer – representing Great Britain in a record 144 matches, including five World Cups, six European Championships and three Paralympic Games’.

Having lost his sight as a child through congenital glaucoma, Clarke was awarded the FA Lifetime Award last year and will be taking part in Blind Veterans UK’s 100k London-to-Brighton Walk alongside blind ex-service personnel and supporters of the charity

He will also be hitting our screens in a one-off edition of Strictly Come Dancing alongside fellow Paralympians Hannah Cockcroft, Tring’s Martine Wight, and Nathan Stephens on Friday, March 21.

This week, Clarke met with blind veteran Corporal Simon Brown, who lost his sight in action eight years ago. During his service with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in Iraq, Simon was shot in the head while rescuing six of his colleagues whose vehicle had broken down.

“I have a huge amount of respect for armed forces personnel, the incredible work they do and the sacrifices they make in the service of our country,” said Clarke.

“I’m proud to be supporting the work Blind Veterans UK does in ensuring that no veteran has to deal with sight loss alone.

“Like those supported by Blind Veterans UK, I understand the impact that a visual impairment can have on a person’s life – and the drive to make sure that blindness doesn’t stop you from aspiring to achieve great things and succeeding at what you love.

“I’d call on anyone looking to challenge themselves and raise money for this great cause to join me on the walk from Saturday, June 21 to Sunday, June 22.”

To sign up, please visit www.walk100.org.uk/sign-up/ or you can sponsor Clarke at www.justgiving.com/davidclarkeparalympian

> Pic - Paralympian David Clarke met blind veteran Corporal Simon Brown, who lost his sight in action eight years ago. Picture (c) Stephen Pover