Jenny Gage, CEO of Sight Concern Worcestershire,  is to walk the Malvern Peaks Challenge on Saturday 4th May, when she will guide Val Daniels, who has retinal pigmentosa, a condition in which the peripheral or central vision is lost and gradually worsens.

It’s all part of the Mayor Cynthia Palmer’s support for the charity during her year of office. And in spite of her condition, Val is determined to complete all 17 peaks of the challenge.

Val, who lives in Worcester says “I’m doing this challenge to prove that I’m more than capable – I believe that life is for living and just because you’ve got a sight condition, it doesn’t mean to say you’ve got to stop doing things.“I’m also keen to do it because sometimes I think we take the Malvern Hills for granted. We’re so lucky to have them on our doorstep. The challenge of doing all 17 peaks is on my bucket list and I’m so grateful to Jenny for offering to guide me. On this occasion I’ve decided to leave my beloved guide dog Gayle at home as I don’t want her to get too hot.”

Jenny Gage says, “I’m really excited about guiding Val, and I know we’ll have a great and memorable day. We’re so grateful to our sponsors – Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, Malvern Panalytical and Balens.”

Jenny and Val will be among one hundred participants in the Malvern Peaks Challenge. There are still places available, and a choice of three different routes:

  • Blindfold to the Beacon – walk up the tarmacked path, blindfolded with a sighted guide.
  • 17 legendary peaks – the “End to End” route is 15km of non-stop thrilling strides (about 6 hours)
  • 7 classic peaks – a family friendly 7km route (about 3 hours)

Each distance encompasses the Beacon where participants can choose whether to complete this element blindfolded. A booking fee applies, and everyone is asked to raise as much sponsorship as possible. Tickets to take part can be booked via Malvern Town Council or at the Town Council Office at Belle Vue Terrace or you can register here tor ring 01905 332902 or email p.weir@sightconcern.co.uk. Entry cost £10 per adult, £5 per child and £25 per family. Cost includes a t-shirt and medal.