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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 mixed media exhibition opens today at the NMA. Victory over Blindness, an exhibition that’s title has been inspired by the favourite adage of our founder Sir Arthur Pearson, features a moving sculpture of injured soldiers by Johanna Domke-Guyot as its centrepiece.

The display commemorates war blinded veterans, past and present and shares the stories of just a number of our blind veterans who have been assisted by the charity since our inception in 1915.

The exhibition runs until 3 December. Do stop by and see it for yourself.

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This summer we know lots of people will be seeing their loved ones for the first time in a while, which is why our ROVIs have come up with a list of signs your relative could be struggling with sight loss. Things to watch out for include:

· Constantly cleaning glasses
· Tripping and bumping into objects
· Losing track of items that are clearly visible
· Avoiding social events and a reluctance to go out alone
· Leaving post to pile up
· Overfilling or knocking over a glass at the table

From providing training to avoid accidents in the home, to equipment like talking watches, liquid level indicators and magnifiers, we offer support so that no one who has served their country has to battle sight loss alone.

Libby Woods is the granddaughter of blind veteran Robert Ware, who served in the North Atlantic aboard HMS Albrighton, a Hunt class destroyer during the Second World War.

Libby said: “The support grandad has received from Blind Veterans UK given him back his independence and opened up so many fantastic opportunities. I’d really encourage anyone who believes their loved one might be eligible for support from Blind Veterans UK to get in touch.”

To read more about Libby's story visit:

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This Throwback Thursday we're looking at our long history of sport.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is currently holding the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships, continuing the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics.

Sport and recreation played a great part in the rehab of our blind veterans during and after WW I and still does.

We began to hold our own annual sports days in 1917 and the winner of the 100 yards ran it in a time of 10.8 seconds, just 1.5 seconds slower than the world record at that time.

Harold Abrahams a future Olympic champion sprinter, whose story was one of those told in the well-known film ‘Chariots of Fire’, raced twice against two of our men, Alec Biggs and Harry Northgreaves, with them using a fixed guide rope.

Perhaps now not considered a sporting activity, tug-of-war was popular at the time. Visitors were often amazed to see a dozen men seriously engaged in a hopeless attempt to pull up by the roots one of the fine oak trees in our grounds.

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Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon 2017. Sunday 8 October.

Don’t miss out! Only £30 registration fee for a guaranteed place in one of the UK’s most popular half marathons.

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Earlier this month 200 impressive supporters took on the ultra-challenge of walking 100K from London to Brighton to raise money for our charity. We even had a team of blind veterans with guides participating too. We’ve collected all the photos and here’s a large sample:

Thank you to everyone who participated and also to all those who volunteered their time cheering on people and handing out snacks as well as to those who massaged and transported weary walkers after their long trek. Thanks too to our blind veterans for handing out medals at the finish line.

Together you all contributed to so far raising an incredible £46,000. Thanks so much!

Event dates are locked in for next July and registrations are now open! Why not give it a try?

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As a charity we aim to supply and train our blind veterans in the use of the newest VI technologies. Our veterans work with staff to trial devices, and often software improvements are made based on our recommendations.

We’ve worked with Dolphin for many years to do this. Blind veterans Billy and John talk about our charity and being able to use a computer despite their sight loss here:

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A creative blind veteran is putting the pieces back together and is creating a wonderful mosaic image of his guide dog in the process.

Mark, from Worcester who formerly served with the Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters Regiment, joined our charity in 2014 after suffering sight loss as a result of diabetes.

He always enjoyed creative art work at school and since joining our charity has been encouraged to restart this interest. With skills learnt at our Llandudno centre, he's worked from home to produce a wonderful mosaic of his guide dog, Yoda.

Mark is now working on his next piece, an ambitious mosaic of our charity’s logo.

There is no stopping his creative juices now – his plan is to take up clay work and he is particularly interested in sculpting animals rather than the usual pots.

Mark says: “Blind Veterans UK is a brilliant charity. The friendliness and help I have received from everyone working there has enabled me to get back on my feet, regain my confidence and face my future with enthusiasm.”

He explains, “When I lost my sight, and suffered so many physical setbacks, I was in a very dark place, not wanting to go out. At first I did not want to join the charity but was pushed to do so by a friend and I am just so glad!”.

Read more about Mark's story here:

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He may suffer from glaucoma and cataracts, but blind veteran Keith has refused to let that get in the way, having recently attended a horse-riding week at our centre in Llandudno!

He says: “It was actually my second time going! If anything, this time was better – I was challenged to do more and try different breeds. I ended up receiving a Rosette!”

Alongside horse-riding week, since joining our charity Keith has taken part in a zip line and also visits our Brighton centre every week. He explains: “My wife and I go every Monday, it’s fantastic.

I tend to head to the Art and Craft room while she can go off and do her own thing. I’ve made some beautiful garden chairs, I really can’t praise the charity highly enough.”

To find out how you can support our charity, please visit:

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Our Best of British Summer Superdraw is now open.
Play today at and you could join our long list of lucky winners.
First prize includes £15,000 cash or a classic Mini.
Best of luck!

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Our generous supporters are gearing up to cycle an eye-watering 100 miles for our charity. One such person is Operations Manager, Andrew.

The Prudential Ride London, which takes place in just over two weeks, will see competitors start in the Olympic Park before racing through the closed roads of central London, eventually finishing on The Mall.

For Andrew, our charity occupies a place close to his heart. Not only has his father received our support since 2015, but Andrew himself spent 22 years as a Weapons Engineer in the Royal Navy.

He explains: “Blind Veterans UK has done an awful lot for not only my father but countless other blind veterans. I was fortunate enough to accompany him to London a few years ago for the charity’s centenary, it really was a fantastic occasion. In my own Service I got to travel all over the world and meet a lot of great people at the same time.”

To support Andrew as he prepares to take on the Prudential Ride London, please visit:

We wish everyone taking part the best of luck! 🎉 🚲
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