Duo employ pedal power for Blind Veterans UK

Cliff Burnett (left) and nick Jackson who took part in a 100 mile cycle race for Blind Veterans UK
Cliff Burnett (left) and nick Jackson who took part in a 100 mile cycle race for Blind Veterans UK
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Two old friends who are passionate about supporting military charities employed pedal power to raise money for blind veterans.

Businessman Nick Jackson, 51, from Banbury and former warrant officer Cliff Burnett of Woodford Halse tackled the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic – a mass participation cycle challenge covering 100 miles.

Nick, who owns Four Shires Home Improvement, said: “Cliff suggested fundraising for Blind Veterans UK as he was in the Army for 22 years. I thought it was a great idea to give back to veterans who served our country but have now lost their sight.

“I’m in the building industry and rely on my eyes a lot. I wouldn’t know how to cope if I lost my sight.

“That’s why I’m doing this for the charity which provides emotional and practical support to veterans so they can live independently with sight loss.”

Cliff, 46, who joined the Royal Ordnance Corps in 1987 and is now an IT and logistics contractor, has served in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He said: “I’m passionate about raising money for military charities and wanted to support the great work Blind Veterans UK does.”

Both riders were nervous but excited at the start of the event.

It took them seven hours and 15 minutes to complete the course, raising £1,300 for their cause.

Nick said: “The spectators really gave you a lift when your legs were starting to feel a little tired. “Riding down the Mall was the best feeling with the crowds cheering you home. It was our little moment of glory as we crossed the finish line.”

> Support Nick and Cliff at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cliff-and-nick-support-blind-veterans-uk