A WYCOMBE couple are braving a 100km walk for charity after being inspired by a soldier who lost his eye on the battlefield.

David Payne and partner Miriam Firestone are taking part in the London to Brighton 100km Walk to raise money for Blind Veterans UK.

Miss Firestone was fundraising for the Help the Heroes charity by trekking across the Sahara Desert when she met a serviceman who lost his eye after he was shot in the head in Iraq.

She said: The reason they are close to our hearts is they have helped a dear friend of ours, Simon Brown, rebuild his life.

“Si was shot by a sniper in Iraq and blinded. Blind Veterans were there when he needed them, helping him recover his independence and flourish.

“Si is now an ambassador for Blind Veterans as well as working for them full time. His story and friendship has inspired us to do as much as possible to help them help others.”

The couple, who are no strangers to fundraising challenges, are busy training for the 100km in 24 hours walk, which takes place in June.

Mr Payne said: "After doing a similar walk for a different charity from Dorset to Pegasus Bridge in France, I swore I would never do anything that stupid again.

“But seeing my partner do it last year reminded me of how immensely good it felt at the end, as well as the bond you get with your team."

To sponsor the couple visit www.justgiving.com/MixedNuts2