Sheffield war veteran taking on triathlon challenge

A Sheffield war veteran is taking part in a huge challenge in aid of charity.

Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 11:19 am
Updated Friday, 24th April 2020, 11:20 am

Graham Bell, who is 94-years-old, is set to undertake a special triathlon in support of Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind (SRSB).

As part of the twopointsixchallenge. Graham will cycle 2.6 miles, row 2.6 miles and run 2.6 times round his garden raising funds for SRSB.

Graham who is a client at SRSB has taken part in a number of fundraising events, including, recently, a glass and fire walk and the GYR. But in line with the Covid19 guidelines Graham is self-isolating and is going to be a at Home Hero going on his exercise bike and rowing machine for the charity.

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He said: “My heart goes out to all the local charities who are not being able to raise money for their worthy causes. I have volunteered for SRSB for over 15 years and I understand their difficulties, which is why I want to help.”

SRSB has had to cancel a number of fundraising events and collections causing an income shortfall, whilst still providing vital services to blind and partially sighted people in Sheffield. Daily staff and volunteers are doing essential shopping, collecting medical supplies, offering benefits advice and phoning clients to ensure they are okay and offer any help required.

Graham was just a teenager when he took part in D-Day, the largest ever invasion which helped liberate Europe 75 years ago, when thousands were killed.

He added: “The war lasted six years, this Coronavirus hopefully will last less than a year. Having said all that I prefer the war, at least I could see the enemy.”

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