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William Turner has learned to paint despite having advanced glaucoma.

He previously worked as a Royal Navy aircrew and in the elite SAS unit. This saw him serve his country in a number of combat zones including Northern Ireland, Falklands, Kosovo and in the Cod War with Iceland which took place in the Arctic Sea.

Even though he hasn't painted since school, William has been inspired by free expert tuition from staff at Blind Veterans UK's centre in Llandudno.

He said "The art bug has definitely bitten, I have carried my easel up the Malvern Hills just to sit there and paint and I often find myself getting carried away and painting on A4 paper into the early hours of the morning."

http://www.noonealone.org.uk/news/2015/07/military-veteran-learns-to-paint-despite-suffering-severe-sight-loss/
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My absolute respect for William Turner! Great, it is conscious again and again! Like art, the music, all kinds of "doing" and "act" the live make sense can! Large gauge, never give up! Thanks for the detailed article and thanks for sharing! Thanks for the fascination !!!
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A brilliant and bright weekend in Seaford as runners took to the streets to get sprayed with paint!

We'd like to thank everyone who came to run for Blind Veterans UK and especially SpongeBob SquarePants for making it to the finish line.

#colourrun   #brighton
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Challenge yourself and raise vital funds for veterans with sight loss! The Major Series is a muddy and fun obstacle course delivered by British Military Fitness. It was voted 'Best Trail Race' at the 2014 Running Awards.

Can you endure mud, obstacles, hills and water, along with over 40 former or currently serving members of the armed forces? If so we have 5km or 10km courses available in any of the following three locations: (Kent, 3 Oct), (Leeds, 18 Oct) or Midlands (Birmingham, 26 Sept).

Sign up today: https://www.blindveterans.org.uk/how-you-can-help/fundraise/challengeevents/majorseries/
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While we're all enjoying the excitement of the Tour de France, lets have a look at Blind Veterans UK's history of tandem cycling!

Tandem bikes have been a part of our history since we were founded in 1915, they are a unique and innovative way for blind veterans to safely travel about and exercise.

Read more about our history of tandem bikes here: http://www.blindveterans.org.uk/about-us/100-objects/the-tandem-bike/
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Ever wondered what it would be like to be able to send a message in ‪‎Morse Code‬? This July we are giving you the chance to share your secrets amongst friends and family with our online ‪Morse Code Machine‬.

Have a go yourself here - http://morsecodemachine.co.uk/
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Isla St Clair and Ainsley Harriott have become the latest high-profile supporters to wish Blind Veterans UK a happy 100th birthday!

Singer, actress and presenter Isla is probably best known for her work as a co-presenter on the classic BBC1 gameshow The Generation Game. She has also visited Blind Veterans UK’s Brighton centre to experience our vital work, first hand. Ainsley, meanwhile, is one of Britain’s best-known and best-loved celebrity chefs and currently stars in the More4 series Street Food. Thank you Isla and Ainsley for your support of Blind Veterans UK.

ore happy birthday messages from our high-profile supporters can be found at http://www.blindveterans.org.uk/about-us/birthday-wishes/
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Today is the 75th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain. A period in British history that has famously been summed up by Winston Churchill "never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few".

“The Few”, as they have come to be known, were the brave RAF pilots of Fighter Command. Blind veteran Elizabeth Sharpe-Nelson served throughout the whole of the Battle of Britain as an Operations Officer in Fighter Command HQ. She tells her incredible story here:
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It's Friendship Day today and we're celebrating the friendships made through Blind Veterans UK. 

A wonderful way that friendships are made is through volunteering. Volunteer Dawn struck up a friendship with blind veteran Peter King when she introduced him to the art of mosaic in our arts and crafts workshop in Llandudno. 

Peter says: "If it wasn't for Dawn, I'd still be sitting in my chair. She asked me if I'd ever considered creating a mosaic and I wasn't that much into the idea. However, she suggested the shape of a cockerel and I thought 'why not give it a whirl?!'"

To find out more about volunteering, visit our website: http://www.blindveterans.org.uk/how-you-can-help/volunteer/
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High-kicking 93 year old WW2 veteran Marjory served in the WAAF in the Motor Transport Section from 1941 until 1945 and was also a part of their dance troupe. The WAAF filled roles such as mechanics, engineers, electricians and fitters for aeroplanes.

She recalled “What I remember most clearly about that time was that I was a woman doing a man’s job; we all were. I’d been a florist for five years; I never imagined I’d be repairing planes."

Now Marjory suffers from age related macular degeneration and with the our support has rediscovered her love of painting. When she visits our centres she loves to go out walking. She can even still do a high-kick!

Read more about her here: http://www.blindveteransblog.org.uk/news/marjory-may http://ow.ly/i/bSqrR http://ow.ly/i/bSqri http://ow.ly/i/bSqrr http://ow.ly/i/bSqrE
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Well done young lady !
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Superfit WWII blind veteran Eleanor Baldwin gets fit for life at the age of 90. Eleanor recently attended numerous gym sessions, walks, aqua aerobics, yoga classes and even had a spot of nutrition tasting at our centre in Brighton.

She said “I really enjoyed the mornings in the gym and going on the machines.”

“Yoga was fun and a bit weird, especially listening to the other two veterans John and Chris trying to bend their knees.”

Eleanor served in the WRENS in the UK and in Sri Lanka and was discharged in 1946. She lost her sight in 2010 and has since been supported by Blind Veterans UK.

#yoga   #exercise   #aerobics   #nutrition  
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It's Bastille Day and we're celebrating the story of a veteran who has been awarded the French Legion d’Honneur.

98 year-old Elvet Davies was recently made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. He read about the opportunity to apply for the Legion of Honour in Blind Veterans UK Review magazine. Staff at the centre in Llandudno put on a surprise ceremony to award him with this medal.

Well deserved Elvet! Read his story in the Oxford Mail:http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/13377910.War_veteran_honoured_for_his_role_in_the_liberation_of_France/?ref=rss
A SECOND World War veteran who helped liberate France has received one of the country’s highest honours.
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This medal was given as a sporting prize to those participating in tennis tournaments run in aid of Blind Veterans UK.Not only was tennis a fun way for members of the public to fundraise for us but it also provided useful employment for blind veterans.

In 1921, French tennis player Suzanne Lengmen (below) came to visit our hostel on Bayswater Road. She was considered to be the first female tennis celebrity and had a very successful career, winning twelve grand-slam titles including Wimbledon six times. Tactile tasks were extremely popular skills taught to blind veterans and this included making tennis nets. Lengmen was a keen maker of tennis nets as well so she was very interested in our activity. About her visit and time spent with the men, she said "I am very impressed by the happiness of the men."

Massage has long been a chosen career for the blind and in 1950, two blind veterans used their skills to gain positions as physiotherapists at Wimbledon! Putting into practice training they had received from Blind Veterans UK, they were on hand to treat any sprains or injuries of any kind, listening to the matches on a wireless radio between treatments. http://ow.ly/i/bKQTx
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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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