RNIB charity walk to Rome

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Richard Simpson from Greenwich, south London, is trekking 1200 miles from Canterbury to Rome to raise funds for the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

Simpson, who was registered blind five years ago, set off on October 2 to do the Via Francigena ancient road pilgrimage route from the cathedral city of Canterbury to Rome.

The trek will take four to six months to complete and Simpson will be accompanied by his partner Fiona, who is also registered blind, for part of the journey.

Simpson has taken part in several challenges for the RNIB, including walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats, The London Loop, kayaking 180 miles from Lechlade-on-Thames to Greenwich, and the Camino de Santiago.

‘It’s been brilliant taking in the culture and it’s the wonderful people one meets along the way that makes it special. I’m not walking point-to-point but conversation-to-conversation,’ he said.

Visit Simpson's Justgiving page to support his fundraising efforts and follow his latest challenge on Instagram: @RichardsBigBlindJogl.