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A group of firefighters from Wivenhoe have come to the rescue and will be walking 50k for Blind Veterans UK this June. Firefighter Sam Ellis said: "My dad serves in the Royal Air Force so it's a pleasure to give something back to a military charity."

There are still places for our 50km or 100km walk if you would like to join them in this exciting challenge.

To sign up visit: http://www.blindveterans.org.uk/100k/ and to read more about these daredevil firefighters visit: http://www.blindveterans.org.uk/news-resources/latest-news/2015/04/essex-firemen-tackle-50k-walk-for-military-charity/
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Thanks Malcolm!
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From today the new British film Greyhawk is available to rent and buy online from iTunes. Greyhawk stars Alec Newman as a blind Afghanistan veteran – a role he trained for with Blind Veterans UK.
Prior to filming Greyhawk, Alec interviewed a number of our veterans about their experiences battling blindness. Alec also spent two days at our centre in Llandudno, where he learned about life as a blind veteran from Billy Baxter and experienced first-hand our life-changing training and support. The actor has since become an ambassador for the charity.

Alec talks about his experiences with Blind Veterans UK in his centenary message. http://bit.ly/1creBz9

You can watch this exclusive short film in which he discusses his experiences at our Llandudno centre. Greyhawk is available now on iTunes and is released on DVD on 25 May. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOQDEcvLoWI

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Andy joined the Army at just 18 serving in America, Cyprus, Iraq, Kuwait and the UK. In 2011 he was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a genetic disease that slowly causes blindness and had to leave the Army. He started receiving support from Blind Veterans UK the same year.

Andy says: "When I started to lose my sight I developed depression and fell down a dark hole. I used to love running cross country but when my sight started to deteriorate I lost confidence as I found myself tripping over.

"Blind Veterans UK has been amazing. They made me stop wallowing in self pity and showed me there is life after sight loss. They gave me back my confidence." Now Andy is taking on the London Marathon to say thank you for all the support he's received.

Read more about Andy and his story here: http://bit.ly/1GnEDjk
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We're celebrating our 100th Birthday in style. We're delighted to unveil our new centenary tie!

Visit here to get your own: bit.ly/1Doifpb 

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Looking for #thingstodo ? How about abseiling the iconic Grand Hotel in #Brighton

Take in the phenomenal views and raise money for Blind Veterans UK!

Sign up here: http://www.blindveterans.org.uk/how-you-can-help/fundraise/other-fundraising-events/abseil/
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"I was the first blind veteran out of Afghanistan. I woke up in complete shock with horrific injuries. No hearing in my right ear, almost completely blind, one leg lost and the other a mess."
 
" Blind Veterans UK constantly steps up for me. They never let me down. They are here for me in every way when others aren't."

 "That's why I'm happy to share my story with you. And because I want to thank you too, for helping to make it possible - for helping me get this far."

 Whatever it takes we’ll be there for veterans like Andy, for life. Read his story: https://www.blindveterans.org.uk/andyallenappeal
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If you would like to Run 10k with London's most famous landmarks as your backdrop, claim one of our places for the Bupa London 10,000 - at the reduced price of £20! This closes on 20 April so move fast! Sign up here: http://bit.ly/1FlAmaA

The Race starts on The Mall and finishes opposite Buckingham Palace. Runners follow a breathtaking route around the City of Westminster and the City of London, passing many of London’s famous sights including, Admiralty Arch, Nelson’s Column, St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House, Bank of England, Leadenhall Market, The Monument, Millennium Bridge, Tate Gallery, Cleopatra’s Needle, the London Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.
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As this weekend was the Cambridge vs Oxford Boat Race we're sharing with you the story of our first Voluntary Aid Detachments who acted as Coxswains for our early blind veterans.

One such VAD Coxswain was Zoe Stein. During the Blind Veterans UK regatta of 1919, a boat containing her and four blind veterans capsized into the river at Putney. Zoe managed to support the one veteran who could not swim while directing the other three to a point of safety on the riverbank.

#rowing   #veterans   #watersports  

http://www.blindveterans.org.uk/…/100-objects/vad-coxswains/
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His name’s Moore... Sir Roger Moore. His mission: to wish Blind Veterans UK a very happy 100th birthday!

Blind Veterans UK is delighted to share this special message from legendary British actor Sir Roger Moore. The beloved film and TV star, and National Service veteran, supports Blind Veterans UK’s work to ensure ex-Service men and women receive the training and help they need to discover life beyond sight loss. Thank you, Sir Roger, for this very special centenary message!

Find out more about the work of Blind Veterans UK and view more messages from our high-profile supporters at http://www.blindveterans.org.uk/about-us/birthday-wishes/

#jamesbond   #birthday   #veterans  
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For the latest addition of our 100 objects we're celebrating the art work of talented blind painter Matt Rhodes. Below is just a small selection of the amazing work that Matt has produced since losing his sight. The former Army man first discovered his hidden gift at our training and rehabilitation centre and his has gone on to produce these astonishing paintings.

Read all about Matt and his artwork here: http://www.blindveterans.org.uk/about-us/100-objects/talented-artist-and-blind-veteran-matt-rhodes/

#art   #painter   #blindness   #veterans  
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Absolutely wonderful paintings Matt !
I hope you don't mind at blind veterans but I'm putting a link to a tribute that I done on YouTube to Lee Rigby,,,,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgTX6yx85Lg
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Linda Lusardi is the latest celebrity to wish Blind Veterans UK a happy 100th birthday. The ever-popular actress, glamour model and presenter wants to help Blind Veterans UK reach more ex-Service men and women in need of our lifelong help. Thank you, Linda, for your wonderful centenary message.
 
To see more videos from our high profile supporters visit: http://www.blindveterans.org.uk/about-us/birthday-wishes/
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Nice one Linda
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Top volunteer Marion Rees has won an award for her outstanding contribution to Blind Veterans UK at our recent Founders Day Awards.

She said "I enjoy talking with the blind veterans, every single one of them has such a fascinating and individual story to tell – and they love to tell it! If it wasn't for my time befriending I wouldn't ever get to hear such interesting stories.”

Find out more about Marion's experience as a volunteer for Blind Veterans: http://www.blindveteransblog.org.uk/news/marion-rees-wins-volunteer-award-at-this-years-founders-day-awards-ceremony
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Well done Marion ... keep up the sterling work
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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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