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Blind Veterans UK
We help blind and vision-impaired ex-military personnel
We help blind and vision-impaired ex-military personnel
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Our# Brighton centre’s 2018 art exhibition 🖼 raised over £700 💰 Congratulations to #blind veterans Carole & Eddy voted ✋ joint second by visitors. Well done to all our artists 👏👏 http://ow.ly/i/JlQt7
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Sight loss can be a very isolating experience, which is why social events and peer support are such an important part of our work.
Two of our blind veterans, Jackie and Lindy, can both testify to this. They share not only a service history, but a love story in common! ❤️️💙
Alfred ‘Jackie’ Back served with the Royal Navy during the #FirstWorldWar and tragically lost his sight due to a bout of meningitis in 1915. Nearly a century later WRNs veteran Lindy lost her sight due to diabetes.
She says: "Losing your sight is a very isolating experience. My confidence took a knock and although I kept myself busy, it was through meeting other blind veterans like me that I realised there was still so much that I could do and enjoy despite being blind."
Both Jackie and Lindy have benefited from our support and training. We supported Jackie to learn skills like mat making, which helped him find work and support his family. Lindy, 72, has benefited from IT training and social events organised by our charity.🙌
Jackie regained his confidence and independence and went on to marry his childhood sweetheart Kitty with a ceremony at our then headquarters, St Dunstan’s Lodge. Meanwhile Lindy’s own love story began when she met fellow blind veteran Graham at one of our reunion events. The pair are now happily settled in Wiltshire with Graham’s guide dog Clyde! 🐕
With your support we can create more happily ever afters for our blind veterans!
Find out more about Jackie and Lindy’s story at 👉 bit.ly/2RIVcPt
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Today we reflect on two blind veterans who have not only achieved their own personal victory over blindness, but who have also led the way for thousands of others to do so. 💪
At the age of just 18 Lord Fraser was blinded by a bullet in one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War, the Battle of the Somme. When his bandages were removed on his return to London it was discovered he had lost both his eyes and had no sight at all.
From hospital Lord Fraser moved to our charity’s early rehabilitation facility, St Dunstan’s Lodge, where he was given training to help him adapt to life without his sight. He showed such brilliance and determination that following the death of Sir Arthur Pearson, Lord Fraser went on to become Chairman of our charity when he was 24 years old.🙌
A century later, our current President Colin is following in those footsteps. Colin served with the Royal Artillery and lost his sight in 2003 following a serious assault. Colin became our President last year and has inspired many of our veterans to rebuild their confidence and independence.😎
He says: “As a blind veteran myself, I’ve seen first-hand how the support of Blind Veterans UK can transform lives. The charity continues with the same vital work it did more than 100 years ago, and the need for its services is only growing.”

To find out more about their stories, visit 👉 ow.ly/9Ju150jm7yt
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How's this for a fundraising idea? Our amazing supporter Sally from the village of LIttleover has crocheted 37 bears to represent the 37 village soldiers who never returned from the Great War. The bears will be the stars of the show at a gala dinner tomorrow to mark the centenary of the Armistice.
Sally says our charity is a cause close to her heart as she is also vision-impaired, and she will be giving away the bears at the dinner in exchange for donations to Blind Veterans UK.
Sally says: “It was a common occurrence in that period that wives and girlfriends would give teddy bears to their loved ones going off to war, as something to remember them by.
“I thought it would be fitting for each of the 37 soldiers of Littleover to have a bear created especially for them. Each one has a tag with that soldier’s name on and is unique in colour, size, style and personality; just like human beings, and no two are identical.”
We think you'll agree these bears are absolutely magnificent! http://ow.ly/i/IhRWu http://ow.ly/i/IhRXF
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🌟 We have some very exciting news! 🌟
You might have seen some stories like this over the past few days 👉 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/…/Memorial-blinded-veterans-unve…
This October we will unveil an iconic statue at the entrance to Manchester Piccadilly station to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. Its name, Victory Over Blindness, is a phrase used by our founder Sir Arthur Pearson which continues to guide our principles today.
The statue, of seven blinded soldiers leading one another with their hands on their comrades’ shoulders, is a testament to the thousands of blind veterans we have supported in rebuilding their lives after sight loss.😎
The sculpture was conceived and designed by artist and sculptress Johanna Domke-Guyot, who also provided this beautiful artist's impression.🎨
We'll be giving you more information soon so watch this space! In the meantime, you can visit 👉 blindveterans.org.uk/victory
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Last weekend hardy souls braved the gales to take on our Ultimate Commando Challenge in partnership with Commando X Fit Wales
Lisa, who took on the challenge with her best friend Christina, says of the experience: "One word AWESOME. The Marines and volunteers were great. There was also the added bonus that it was raising money for such an important charity.”
Fancy signing up for your own fundraising event? Head to 👉 blindveterans.org.uk/events http://ow.ly/i/Hxlld http://ow.ly/i/Hxlll http://ow.ly/i/Hxllv http://ow.ly/i/HxlkW http://ow.ly/i/HxllF
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🌊WOAH, they're halfway there! 🚣
As you can see from this GPS image, blind veteran Steve 'Sparky' and his crew mate Mick (in the blue boat) are making amazing progress towards the finish line of the Great Pacific Race. They should be reaching Honolulu later this month, making Steve the first blind person to have ever rowed the pacific. 🙌 The pair are taking on this mammoth feat to raise money for us and The Royal Marines Charity 😎
With just under 1,000 miles of their epic journey to go, Cockleshell Endeavour are in need of some support.
What can you do?
1⃣ Send them a free motivational message via Iridium messaging using the number 881623435461 👉 messaging.iridium.com
2⃣Donate to their effort at virginmoneygiving.com/Cockleshell-pacific
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Big respect goes to our blind veteran Roan who jumped off the side of a mountain and lived to tell the tale, even recording it for our viewing pleasure!
He paraglided off Babadag mountain in Oludeniz, gliding 1,200 metres above Belcekiz beach. Not one to let his sight loss hold him back, Roan is already busy in training for his next challenge, 24 hours of cycling at Brands Hatch in September. 🚴 http://ow.ly/WRy730lczZC

Fancy taking on a challenge of your own? Head to 👉 blindveterans.org.uk/events
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Tobias Ellwood, Minister for Defence people and Veterans, visited Veterans’ Gateway today.

He met the service advisors who encourage all ex-serving and their families in need of help to contact them for a chat:
💬 “We’re veterans ourselves. We banter and speak the same language. They can open up and trust us to put them in touch with the right support.”

Read the full story here. http://ow.ly/Lkaa30kPjA6
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We were proud to be part of Armed Forces Day celebrations in Llandudno this weekend welcoming over 100,000 onlookers on the day. A fabulous occasion and a fitting way to recognise and honour the work of our serving personal and veterans but also an opportunity to showcase the work we do within the community and raise awareness of the free lifelong support offered for ex-Service personnel coping with sight loss. 📷😎

It was wonderful to see so many of our blind veterans taking part in the parade and lining the parade route despite the heat. A big thank you to all our amazing volunteers who gave up their time to make the day extra special 📷🤗

If you are a vision-impaired ex-Service man or woman, or care for someone who is, you can find out more by visiting 📷👉http://blindveterans.org.uk/apply
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