A WOODFORD Valley blind man has completed an “incredible adventure” to raise awareness of the need for more funding for eye research.

Julian Jackson completed the 1,000 mile journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats in eight weeks after setting off on his Big Blind Walk.

He started his journey on April 28, completing it on June 22.

He said: “It was just a very unforgettable experience.”

Julian, who lost his sight in his 50s due to a retinal inherited disease, says he was overwhelmed by the “generosity, humanity and kindness” shown to him on his journey.

He hopes his walk has raised awareness about sight loss and the importance of eye research.

Julian battled through blisters and despite a painful leg infection remained determined to continue his challenge even after being told by a doctor to take time off.

On completing his journey to John O’Groats, he said: “I was exhausted and totally exhilarated. I was really sad the incredible adventure was over.

“I was really relieved I got through it and relatively in one piece. I was delighted to have raised the profile of eye research.”

About £35,000 has been raised so far for the National Eye Research Centre and VisionBridge.

“It is all about funding eye research,” he said. “It also underlines just how important it is to continue to spread the word about eye research.”

He said eye research still remains an “underfunded” area and the fight for more funding continues.

Julian was supported by a team of guides and his wife.

To make a donation go to bigblindwalk.com