You can also watch Mark Sullivan, the Army Intelligence Corps veteran and star of the reality TV show Bad Lads Army here: http://www.blindveterans.org.uk/about-us/birthday-wishes/
This is our biggest annual fundraiser and support from events like this is vital for us to continue the important work we do, support ex-Service men and women with sight loss.
You can also register your interest for our brand new Yorkshire 100k walk. Both the routes take you through some of the most picturesque parts of the UK - meander through countryside, hills, footpaths and fields!
For more information, visit www.blindveterans.org.uk/100k.
During WWII, our operations moved from Brighton to Church Stretton because it became too dangerous to continue working at its main centre in Brighton. At first, small parts of the charity worked out of the Longmynd hotel, before long the charity took over other buildings as well.
Joan, 88 unveiled the plaque as her father started receiving support from Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan's) before she was born and she met her husband, also supported by the charity, at Church Stretton.
Watch and listen to more happy birthday messages from other Blind Veterans UK supporters here: http://www.blindveterans.org.uk/about-us/birthday-wishes/
Actor Alec Newman stars in this movie and received training for role with blind veteran Billy Baxter at our centre. Billy served with the Army in Bosnia when he went blind. A Staff Sergeant with 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, he was dealing with the aftermath of the civil war. “There were mass graves and dead animals, there was no electricity or water and there were all sorts of viruses and bacteria — wrong place, wrong time,” says Billy.
Billy who now receives free lifelong support from our charity and also works at our centre in Llandudno enjoyed training with Alec for this role.
They took on 350 miles in just 3.5 days to raise vital funds for vision impaired ex-Service men and women!
Thanks, Mark, for your continued support of Blind Vetrrans UK.
To watch more centenary birthday messages, follow this link: http://www.blindveterans.org.uk/about-us/birthday-wishes/
If there is a Specsavers in your town why not pop in and join the celebrations? Everyone at Blind Veterans UK wishes you the very best of luck with your fundraising! We couldn't resist getting involved too - take a look at our staff pics below.
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Derek is former Royal Navy veteran and began serving in 1968 where he trained at HMS St Vincent and qualified as a sonar operator at HMS Vernon. In 1978 he left the Royal Navy as a Petty Officer and went on to serve in the fire service.
Since leaving work Derek started to suffer with a rare eye condition, Angioid Streaks, which is a form of blood leaking into his eyes. Now he is registered blind and is supported for life by Blind Veterans UK.
After discovering Blind Veterans UK, he signed up to one of our art courses with our in-house qualified art instructor Dave.
His daughter Maundy told us “I think we all feel enormously grateful to Blind Veterans UK. It has given Daddy hope, company and new skills.” Most of all she described him being given 'a new lease of life'. Read Maundy and Jim’s story: http://ow.ly/OryEs
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.