Stocker Strides for Blind Veterans
561. Shaun Stocker
Shaun Stocker lost both his legs above the knee, his left eye, and the vision in his right eye when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan six days before the end of his tour.
Learning to walk on prosthetics was especially challenging with no eyesight at all, but following an operation on his right eye, titanium rods implanted into his stumps, and with mobility training from Blind Veterans UK, Shaun was able to walk again. As the charity’s youngest veteran, Shaun has dedicated his life since to raising funds and awareness for the charity that has given him so much. In this, Blind Veterans UK’s centenary year, Shaun is walking a phenomenal 100 kilometres across Wales on his new prosthetics to raise tens of thousands of pounds for the charity.
Prime Minister David Cameron said:
“Shaun is an incredible young man who has set himself a remarkable challenge in order to give back to a charity which has given him so much. Not only are his achievements raising money for Blind Veterans UK, he is also inspiring others to see that it is possible to live a full and rewarding life after being injured. I wish him every success as he strides towards the finish line, he is a Point of Light.”
Ian Lucas MP said:
“Shaun has given so much to this country through both his military service and charity work. After being injured in the line of duty, he has dedicated his life to making sure others get the same level of support he did. His work is truly inspirational and I’m delighted that he is being recognised by the Prime Minister with this Point of Light award.”
“I really wasn’t expecting this award at all. It was a great surprise and I and all my family are very proud. I’m raising as much as I can for Blind Veterans UK because of everything they have done for me since my injuries in 2010. I hope this will encourage more people to support my fundraising and this amazing charity. A lot of people have helped me throughout my fundraising and I would like to thank them as well as everyone who has donated.”