Pier to Pier March 2016

Pier to Pier March 2016

On Easter Sunday a group of Royal Mail staff helped kick off blind veteran Shaun Stocker’s 100 kilometre Stocker’s Strides Challenge.

Despite horrendous weather, local posties and sorting office workers from Bangor, Caernarfon and Llangefni depots walked 34 km pier to pier, from Llandudno to Bangor.

In a show of support for Shaun and all blind veterans, they undertook several sections of the walk under blindfold.

Royal Mail are aiming to raise £8,000 in Shaun’s name during 2016 which will help Shaun reach his fundraising target of £50,000.

Shaun Stocker at the Blind Veterans UK Llandudno Centre

Shaun Stocker at the Blind Veterans UK Llandudno Centre

Shaun, an ex-Fusilier, is the youngest veteran supported by Blind Veteran UK. At the age of 19 and only six days before the end of his tour of Afghanistan, Shaun stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device. He lost both legs and his eyesight.

The Pier to Pier walk saw Shaun, now 25 and living in Wrexham, complete the first 21.7 km of his challenge, the furthest he has walked since his injury six years ago.

Shaun wants to raise as much money as possible for Blind Veterans UK and, throughout the summer, he will be walking at further events to make his target and he is inviting the public to join him.

Shaun said: “The weather was really awful on Sunday which is why it was so great that the team from Royal Mail came out to support me. Everyone was in great spirts and the reactions and support from the locals really spurred me on.

“We’ve got more walks coming up over the coming months and I want as many people as possible to join me so we can raise as much money as we can for Blind Veterans UK.”

Registration is open for members of the public to join Shaun at his forthcoming walking challenges at Chester Race Course (10 April), Llanberis (14 May), Prestatyn to Rhyl (16 July) and Llandudno Football Club (31 July), where people can choose from a sponsored walk or super hero sprint option or simply come along to show their support.

To find out more about these events contact victoria.beech@blindveterans.org.uk / 01492 864574 or visit blindveterans.org.uk/stockers-strides

Royal Mail are aiming to raise £8,000 in Shaun’s name during 2016 which will help Shaun reach his fundraising target of £50,000.

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Pier to Pier March 2016 052

Bev Williams, Line Manager at Royal Mail’s Bangor Delivery Office, was one of the team taking on the walk. She said:

“It was a brilliant day and all the team have said how emotional and inspiring it was speaking to Shaun and walking with him. He’s a genuine hero and we’re proud to support him.

“We’ve raised more than £2,000 so far which will all go towards helping Shaun reach his target. We will be raising more money throughout the year with a team taking on the Three Peaks Challenge, car boot sales, and I will be selling some rare vinyl records.”

To sponsor the Royal Mail raising money for Shaun visit justgiving.com/teamroyalmail

Blind Veterans UK was founded in 1915 and the charity’s initial purpose was to help and support soldiers blinded in World War I. But the organisation has gone on to support more than 35,000 blind veterans and their families, spanning World War II to recent conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan.
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