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What a champ! Blind veteran and archer Peter Price has returned to the UK with a silver medal for Great Britain in the World Archery Para Championships!!

Peter Price, 66, and from Peterborough, triumphed against para-archers from five countries in the Visually Impaired VI2/3 category at the Championships held in Germany from 23 to 30 August.
He says, "Winning silver was quite emotional and an once-in-a-lifetime achievement."

Well done Peter, what an incredible win!

http://www.blindveterans.org.uk/news-resources/latest-news/2015/09/blind-veteran-wins-team-gb-silver-at-world-archery-para-championships/
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Tackling great heights is a grand tradition for Blind Veterans UK!

In 1987, 4 blind veterans took on a daring zipwire from the highest point of our centre in Brighton at 170 feet! Blind veterans Jamie Cuthbertson, Michael Kelbie, Ray Sherrif and Peter Watson all zipwired to raise funds for the Royal Sussex Hospital.

The zip wire was named the ‘Death Slide’ and organised by the Royal Marine Commando Display team from Poole.

If these amazing people have inspired you to take on your own challenge, we are offering a unique opportunity to scale the largest sculpture in the UK! Take on the Orbit tower in the Olympic park for an adrenaline rush and breath-taking views of the capital. Sign-up here: http://www.blindveterans.org.uk/olympicparkabseil http://ow.ly/i/cFrPt http://ow.ly/i/cFrPU http://ow.ly/i/cFrQd http://ow.ly/i/cFrQm
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During the First World War there was no such thing as free medical care or support for differently abled people in Britain. The National Health Service (NHS) did not yet exist and there was little help except the workhouse or charities.

It was during this time that Blind Veterans UK (formerly known as St Dunstans) was set up to support the blinded soldiers, sailors and airmen returning from war. Now, 100 years on, we support all veterans who have lost their sight whether it was in conflict or later in life.

The My Learning website, which provides free resources for teachers and learners, has just launched a new ‘Blind Veterans of the First World War’ section. The resource is for key stage 2 to 4 students. You can check it out here: http://www.mylearning.org/blind-veterans-of-the-first-world-war/p-4780/

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Our new poll reveals that 82% of the UK’s grandchildren planned to visit their grandparents this summer. The poll also found that 30% of the people questioned would be visiting a grandparent who was struggling with their vision.

As many grandchildren get ready to go back to school, Blind Veterans UK would like you to share photos and stories about why your grandparent means so much to you and help us spread the word about our support for veterans now battling sight loss.

Share your photos and videos on Facebook and on Twitter with the hashtag ‪#‎LoveMyGrandparent‬

http://www.noonealone.org.uk/news/2015/08/blind-veterans-uk-launches-lovemygrandparent-social-media-campaign-to-urge-grandchildren-to-raise-awareness-of-its-services
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It's official - there is exactly 128 days until Christmas! This year, for the first time ever Blind Veterans UK have a whole catalogue of gifts you can buy for your loved ones - and we've just released it.

We have everything from stocking fillers to decorations - below are just a few in the range. It's never too early to get prepared! Buy them online here:http://shop.blindveterans.org.uk/english/christmas-2015.html
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"I first noticed my sight going in late 2011 and by January 2012 it was so bad that I was registered blind. After being diagnosed I was so scared, I stayed in the house for six weeks. It changed everything as I was used to an active life in the Army."

Since discovering Blind Veterans UK Andrew has learnt to sculpt from scratch. He said "They gave me the confidence and the skills to make sculptures, I left with such a buzz for sculpture that I now want to build a shed specifically to do my arts and crafts in."

http://www.noonealone.org.uk/news/2015/08/national-charity-helps-army-veteran-from-leeds-rediscover-a-passion-for-arts-and-crafts/
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ACHIEVE SOMETHING AMAZING IN SUMMER 2016...register for the biggest and best 100k challenge.

Whether you walk, run or share the distance with friends, our team will be there along the way cheering you on and offering you support.

The route will take you through urban and scenic views, from central London to our iconic centre in Brighton. It will take place on the 2-3 July, a perfect summer activity. You can get our early bird rate of £50 now.

Sign up: http://www.blindveterans.org.uk/100k/
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92 year old veteran Audrey is deaf and partially-sighted and communicates with others through the manual deaf-blind alphabet being spelt on her hand. To communicate with others this way is a great testament to Audrey’s spirit and determination which has been apparent to everyone who has met her during her time at our Brighton centre.

With the assistance of one of our Rehabilitation and Training support workers; Leon, Audrey began to make pom-pom’s and then turned it into snake!

We hope to see her again soon. http://www.blindveteransblog.org.uk/community-and-events/blind-and-deaf-veteran-audrey-makes-pom-poms-at-our-centre-in-brighton-by-leon-groombridge
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On 6th September, see London as you've never seen it before! From 115 meters in the air, abseiling the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower in the Olympic park.

Soon the Orbit tower will be turned into a new structure so this could be your last chance to abseil to UK's tallest sculpture!

This unique opportunity is just £25 - sign-up here: www.blindveterans.org.uk/olympicparkabseil

#London   #Olympicpark   #Abseil  
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For the first time in 30 years blind veteran Dave Greenwood got behind the wheels of a hovercraft and many other veterans took to a spot of driving!

In a top gear style edition watch our veterans take on the challenge.
BBC North West Tonight caught the veterans in action. You can view it here - we are featured 11 minutes in!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0663bzn/north-west-tonight-19082015
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"I first noticed my sight going in late 2011 and by January 2012 it was so bad that I was registered blind. After being diagnosed I was so scared, I stayed in the house for six weeks. It changed everything as I was used to an active life in the Army."

Since discovering Blind Veterans UK Andrew has learnt to sculpt from scratch. He said "They gave me the confidence and the skills to make sculptures, I left with such a buzz for sculpture that I now want to build a shed specifically to do my arts and crafts in."

http://www.noonealone.org.uk/news/2015/08/national-charity-helps-army-veteran-from-leeds-rediscover-a-passion-for-arts-and-crafts/
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Saturday marked 70 years since Victory over Japan Day. Hundreds of people took to the streets of London for a special service to mark the anniversary. It was an incredibly moving day and we’d like to thank everyone who came to commemorate it.

Throughout our history we’ve supported many Far East Prisoners of War who lost their sight during the war or later in life. You can read their stories on our blog: https://www.blindveteransblog.org.uk

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We help blind and partially-sighted ex-military personnel
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We're Blind Veterans UK, formerly St Dunstan's, and we believe that no one who's served our country should battle blindness alone.

Currently, we provide professional, specialist support to over 5,000 members (3,000 blind or severely vision-impaired veterans and their families) and we helped 650 new blind veterans in 2011 .

We're here to help with a lifetime's practical and emotional support, regardless of when people served or how they lost their sight. We get our members back on their feet, recovering their independence and discovering a life beyond sight loss.

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