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Blind Adventurer becomes President of The Ramblers

Walking charity, the Ramblers, has named Amar Latif as its new President. Known for his television appearances as the Blind Adventurer, Amar Latif plans to use the high-profile voluntary role to support the Ramblers mission to ensure that walking is accessible to everyone.

Amar said:

“Being appointed President of the Ramblers is a huge honour. The Ramblers mission to ensure equal access to nature for all is so important for health and wellbeing of people across Great Britain.  I want to help inspire people, irrespective of their background or ability, to embrace the endless natural beauty of our country and improve their health and wellbeing.”

Despite losing 95% of his vision by the age of 18, Amar hasn’t let sight loss be a barrier to walking outdoors.  During his 2005 TV debut in the BBC2 series Beyond Boundaries, Amar pushed himself to his limits on a gruelling coast-to-coast hike across Nicaragua. 

Ross Maloney, CEO of the Ramblers, said:

“Amar will be a fantastic President for the Ramblers as he inspires so many people to enjoy walking in nature.  Research shows that access is not equal with people on lower incomes, from ethnic minority groups or living with disabilities much less able to enjoy spending time in nature.”

The Ramblers are campaigning for the freedom to roam to be expanded to cover woodland, watersides and more grassland. This would more than double the coverage in England and would directly benefit those that need it most, giving the most deprived groups easy access to green spaces within a 20-minute walk from their front door. You can add your voice to the campaign by signing the online petition.

It’s estimated that in England, over £2 billion every year could be saved in health costs alone if everyone had good access to green space due to increased physical activity. When people are dealing with health issues, or if they feel isolated or anxious, getting outside for a short walk can make a huge difference.  Ramblers Wellbeing Walks are a great way to get started with gentle exercise in a safe and fun environment.

Photo: The Ramblers