|A British Blind Sport supporter and self-confessed football nut, John Latham, recently took on a personal challenge to visit each of the 74 football club grounds in the Scottish Premier League, Championship, Leagues One and Two, Highland League and Lowland League - all in a week and a half! The aim of the quest was to raise awareness and funds for blind football and other sporting opportunities for the visually impaired people British Blind Sport supports throughout Scotland and the UK.
Not only did John visit the grounds, he jogged the perimeter of each pitch or ground… blindfolded! British Blind Sport’s Fundraising Manager, Ian Carr said: “We are incredibly grateful to John for taking on such an original (if slightly mad!) challenge for us. It was a whistle-stop tour of a beautiful country, but the hundreds of miles travelled and considerable planning and time that went into this, was a massive undertaking. I am sure John has raised plenty of awareness and hopefully funds so we can continue to give opportunities to help blind and partially sighted people get active and play sport. All of us at the charity thank him for his fantastic effort.”
The trip, which took about 10 days, was fully funded by John and any money raised will go directly to the charity. The football mad employment law consultant, who is originally from Coventry, but now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, said, “"As a lover of all sports, in particular football, I was one of many in the UK to be inspired by the GB team at the London 2012 Paralympics. The performances of the blind and visually impaired were especially memorable for me. I admired their skill, tenacity and courage so much and that inspired me to do this, admittedly slightly crazy, venture. I hope that this Scottish “football odyssey” can help in some way to provide support for blind sportspeople - young and old."
For more information about British Blind Sport or the challenge, go to: www.britishblindsport.org.uk or call Ian Carr on 01926 42 42 47. If you want to donate to John’s fundraising, please visit: www.justgiving.com/John-Latham3