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18 Jul 2016

Dave Mulligan is past the half-way point of his solo walk from John O'Groats to Lands' End.

A 1973 alumnus who was recently registered blind, has reached the half-way point of his solo walk from John O’Groats to Lands' End in an effort to raise money for a blind children’s charity.

Dave Mulligan was diagnosed with glaucoma in 2000 and as a result of the condition his eye sight has slowly deteriorated to the point that he only has some residual vision remaining and was registered blind last year.

Dave began the mammoth 900-mile, 3,168,000 steps and 42-day trip on June 17, to raise money for the charity, Blind Children UK. Before setting off, he called the trip his “last hurrah”, before his condition deteriorates completely and has spoken en route about the challenge so far.

The 65-year-old said: “It has been a phenomenal experience, the changing landscapes, meeting different people and dealing with my own issues related to my blindness.

“My biggest message from this is not a barrier stopping us from doing things, it might be a hurdle, but if you are determined and want to succeed then you can.

“I really struggled to use my white stick at first. I didn’t want to show people that I had a disability, but once I did start using it, it opened up a whole host of doors to me.”

When he passed through Chester, Ken Oliver and Dave Hadden two of Dave’s fellow classmates from his Chester College days, were on hand to support him and lift his spirits. Friend, Dave Robertson, 1973 alumnus and Treasurer of the UCAA Exec Committee, and his wife Sue, were able to offer him some friendly hospitality and a bed for the night.

At the time of writing, Dave has so far raised £3,932 and has just a little way to go to reach his £5,000 target. If you would like to support Dave and help him reach his target, donations can be made via his Just Giving page.

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