Activities coordinator takes on daring zip wire challenge for veterans’ charity

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Patcham care home in Brighton is supporting its activities co-ordinator, Paula Grout, who is taking on a daring zip wire challenge to raise money for the charity Blind Veterans UK.

Paula will take part in the event, which will be held on 21 April, at the Blind Veterans Centre in Ovingdean. This is the third year that the charity has run the event, which is supported by the Royal Marines. The event coincides with the building’s 80th birthday, which the charity is also celebrating this year.

Paula will be one of approximately 50 people who will take on the challenge, jumping from the zip wire’s peak of 120 feet.

She is being sponsored, and has already raised £255 for the charity from friends, family, and residents and visitors to the home.

Paula Grout said: “My father-in-law has worked with Blind Veterans UK for a long time as an archery coach, and my family has helped out at fundraisers in the past. When he suggested I take part in this event, I thought it was a fantastic opportunity to do something exciting and raise money for such a good cause.

“It’s the first time I’ve done anything like this, so I’m a little bit nervous, but everyone at Patcham has been incredibly supportive and encouraging. Blind Veterans UK works with a lot of older people, as I do at the home, so the charity has a special place in my heart. I’m delighted to be raising money for it.”

Allyson Ettiene, Home Manager at Patcham, said: “All the staff and residents are in awe of Paula for being so brave doing this zip wire challenge. Many of our residents are former veterans, or have relatives who are, so it is very fitting that she has chosen to raise money for this charity. We are delighted to be supporting her.”

Rachel Chitty, Regional Fundraiser at Blind Veterans UK said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Paula, and to everyone taking part in the zip wire challenge in April. Every penny raised goes to help Blind Veterans UK provide blind and vision-impaired veterans with the free services and lifelong support they need to lead full and independent lives. Our work would not be possible without fundraisers like Paula.”

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