Blind war hero Eric takes on two daring fundraising feats

vetsd'War verteran Eric Cooper is fundraising for the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind
vetsd'War verteran Eric Cooper is fundraising for the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind
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A WAR veteran will be proving being blind is no barrier to keeping active - when he takes part in two daredevil fundraisers in two weeks.

Granddad Eric Cooper, from Crookes, Sheffield, who served in the Foresters Regiment during World War Two, will be raising cash for the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind when he takes part in a 3km fun run before zip-sliding 160 metres across Bramall Lane a week later.

The 86-year-old’s motto is ‘if you rest, you rust’ and he is not letting his sight problems stand in his way of taking part.

Sue Coggin, fundraising manager at the charity, said: “Eric is such an inspirational man.

“He is a fine example to us all, everyone at the society is so proud of him. Eric visits our centre on Mappin Street every week and he regularly helps us raise money.

“He enjoys the social side, too. You can often find him having lunch with his friends here at the centre and joining our Culture Club for theatre visits.”

His first challenge will see him take part in the 3km run around Don Valley Stadium on May 8, the same day as the city’s half marathon, before the zip-slide stunt on May 15.

n To take part in either in aid of the charity email fundraising@srsb.org.uk or call 0114 272 2757.