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Cycling group from North Wales, the Lon Las Loonies cycled from Llandudno to Sheffield and back for Blind Veterans UK. 

They took on 350 miles in just 3.5 days to raise vital funds for vision impaired ex-Service men and women! 
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It's #ArmedForcesDay.

Thank you to all of our forces past and present who've made sacrifices to serve our country.
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Distinguished BBC journalist David Dimbleby has become the latest public figure to wish Blind Veterans UK a happy 100th birthday. David is famous for his coverage of Remembrance Day, and ended last year's broadcast by reading a poem by one of our blind veterans, Paul Jacobs GM. Thank you, David, for your support of Blind Veterans UK.

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/
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Registration is now open for the Blind Veterans UK 100k London to Brighton walk! If you sign up now you can get a special early-bird price of £50. This includes full fundraising and training support, food and refreshments on the day and a 100k walk t-shirt and medal at the finish line!

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.
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On Saturday we marked a special connection to Church Stretton and 100 years of proud service at a plaque unveiling in the Longmynd Hotel.

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.

http://www.blindveterans.org.uk/news-resources/latest-news/2015/06/military-charity-celebrates-centenary-and-marks-ties-to-church-stretton/
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Rod Stewart, the legendary rocker behind such hits as Maggie May, Downtown Train, Sailing and You Wear It Well, is a keen supporter of our Armed Forces -- and to mark our 100th birthday, he's sent Blind Veterans UK a special audio message. Thanks, Rod, for your support of Blind Veterans UK.

Watch and listen to more happy birthday messages from other Blind Veterans UK supporters here: http://www.blindveterans.org.uk/about-us/birthday-wishes/
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Film Greyhawk is now available for release on DVD and online. The movie centres around a withdrawn, blind former soldier who loses his adored guide dog on an infamous housing estate.

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.

http://www.blindveteransblog.org.uk/news/blind-veterans-uk-praises-worryingly-accurate-portrayal-of-life-as-a-vision-impaired-soldier-in-new-british-film-greyhawk
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Cycling group from North Wales, the Lon Las Loonies cycled from Llandudno to Sheffield and back for Blind Veterans UK.

They took on 350 miles in just 3.5 days to raise vital funds for vision impaired ex-Service men and women! 
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Thanks +Philip Eadie and +Bill Wohl. We're really impressed, and their matching jerseys don't look to bad either!
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Attention! Mark Sullivan, the Army Intelligence Corps veteran and star of the reality TV show Bad Lads Army, has sent Blind Veterans UK this special message to mark our 100th birthday. Mark is an active ambassador of Blind Veterans UK and has participated in our 100k event.

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/
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135 +Specsavers stores across the country are supporting Blind Veterans UK during Armed Forces Week! Many stores have chosen to “Make a Spectacle” of themselves and dress up for the occasion as well as donating £1 for every eye test taken between the 22nd – 28th June. A huge thanks to all the stores taking part!

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.

‪#‎AFWSpecsavers‬ #armedforcesweek   #armedforcesday  
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This is the latest painting from blind artist Derek O'Rourke, he discovered his love for painting after finding support from Blind Veterans UK.

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.
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This Father's Day we're sharing the story of Jim Hooper. This photograph that Jim's holding was taken just before he was held Prisoner of War in World War II. After the war was over and later in life he lost his sight to age-related macular degeneration.

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

#fathersday   #fathersday2015  
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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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