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We help blind and vision-impaired ex-military personnel
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When Tony retired in 2015, he was at a complete loss. Luckily for him, this all changed in 2016 when he began volunteering for Blind Veterans UK.

He says: I worked for 50 years, so going from that to nothing was hard. I’ve always had an interest in the Second World War and it makes me sad to hear about men who are left to fend for themselves.”

Since joining the charity, Tony has been paired with Ernest, a 90 year-old veteran who lives in our Brighton centre. From the word go, the two of them were able to instantly hit it off thanks to a shared interest in crockery!
He says: “Ernest is blind, wheelchair bound and has dementia, but despite that what he loves to do is make coasters for drinks. I bring him all the equipment when he’s in the servery and guide him through the whole process. It’s a fantastic stimulant for him.”

Tony is loving the experience of giving something back to those who have bravely served our country. He says: “I really, really enjoy it. I feel very protective towards Ernest. You can hear the pleasure in his voice whenever I’m around. I’ve been told by the staff that he always asks for me when I’m not around.”

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Blind Veterans UK. To find out about how you might be able to help, please visit: http://bit.ly/29LYOtd

#volunteering #giveback #Brighton #dementia #lendingahand #wednesdaywisdom
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Blind veteran Simon Brown has been shortlisted in the prestigious People’s Choice category at the Soldiering On Awards - Charity.
We nominated Simon, 38, from Leeds, who has been supported by the charity and now works for us as a Community and Engagement Officer.
Please show your support and vote for Simon to be the People’s Choice!
To vote, send a postcard to Soldiering On People’s Choice Awards, Sunday Express, 10 Lower Thames St, London, EC3R 6EN, with his name and your name and address. http://ow.ly/72KK309aRRn

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You can be a cycling hero in 2017 by joining our Prudential RideLondon team today.

Celebrating the legacy for cycling created by the London 2012 Olympics, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 starts in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey's stunning countryside. Finish along on The Mall in Central London.

You can register for one of our charity places for only £25.
Did you miss your place in the ballot? Join our team today!

View our Facebook event for more information or contact Vicky on 020 7616 7959 or email fundraising@blindveterans.org.uk.
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Do you know blind veteran Simon Brown’s story?
He has been shortlisted in the prestigious People’s Choice category at the Soldiering On Awards this year.

We nominated Simon, 38, from Leeds, because he has been an inspiration to all of us and other blind veterans, has played a huge part in reaching out to hundreds of new veterans, and has been an outstanding ambassador for the charity. This award is a public vote so please show your support for Simon to be the People’s Choice!

Check out Simon's story in the Sunday Express today and then send a post card with your details and Simon's name on it to:
Soldiering On People's Choice Awards
Sunday Express, 10 Lower Thames St
London, EC3R 6EN

There will be an online vote opening just before the award next month so we’ll let you know when you can vote in that too.

#showyoursupport #postalvote
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When Tony retired in 2015, he was at a complete loss. Luckily for him, this all changed in 2016 when he began volunteering for Blind Veterans UK.
He says: I worked for 50 years, so going from that to nothing was hard. I’ve always had an interest in the Second World War and it makes me sad to hear about men who are left to fend for themselves.”
Since joining the charity, Tony has been paired with Ernest, a 90 year-old veteran who lives in the Brighton Centre. From the word go, the two of them were able to instantly hit it off thanks to, amongst other things, a shared interest in crockery! He says: “Ernest is blind, wheelchair bound and has dementia, but despite that what he loves to do is make coasters for drinks. I bring him all the equipment when he’s in the servery and guide him through the whole process, it’s a fantastic stimulant for him.”
Tony is loving the experience of giving something back to those who have bravely served our country. He says: “I really, really enjoy it. I feel very protective towards Ernest. You can hear the pleasure in his voice whenever I’m around. I’ve been told by the staff that he always asks for me when I’m not around.”
Volunteers are the lifeblood of Blind Veterans UK. To find out about you might be able to help, please visit: http://bit.ly/29LYOtd
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Our latest Historical Photography Project has uncovered a wonderful love story!

Alfred lost his sight in 1915 whilst serving with the Royal Navy. He came to Blind Veterans UK (then St.Dunstan's) to learn Braille, typewriting, boot repairing and mat making.

In November 1916 Alfred married his childhood sweetheart Kitty which would be our first Naval wedding!

Read more about Alfred and our Historical Photography Project: http://bit.ly/2kWgFHn

#ThrowbackThursday
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Love has lifted our veterans up where they belong as they have been taking part in lots of special Valentine’s activities this week.

Former RAF Fireman and blind veteran Bob Thirtle has been making use of his regular art and craft sessions at our Brighton centre. Now completely without sight, and with the support of the wonderful staff in the studio, Bob has finished a heart shaped tiled mosaic plate of painstaking intricacy to present to his wife of 54 years, Barbara.
Veterans at our Llandudno centre have also been in a romantic mood and yesterday made cards and decoupage hearts in special art and craft sessions with our brilliant team there.

Several of our blind veterans also got to enjoy a Valentines meal out together with their partners at a local restaurant. One of those there, Royal Army Service Corp veteran Chris Ottewell said, “After being married for 34 years it was still lovely to have a Valentines meal with my wife, and even more special joining friends from Blind Veterans UK.”

All you need is love. ❤️🍷💏💝🎉
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We like to bring people together, especially in time for #ValentinesDay.

Last year 88-year-old blind #veteran Bob met Tina at one of our lunch clubs.
“When I met Tina at the Blind Veterans UK lunch we really hit it off. Within a month of meeting I invited her to come on #holiday with me because I was nervous about going on my own and she ended up saying yes. Since then we’ve travelled all over the world together… It’s been quite the adventure” explains Bob.

To read more on the escapades of Bob and Tina visit http://bit.ly/2kvNVEr
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It’s almost #ValentinesDay and love is certainly in the air for two of our blind #veterans.

Harry, who is 90 years old, met fellow veteran Pat at our #Brighton centre last summer. We have provided specialist support to both. Harry served with the #RAF as a Mechanic and Pat with the Women’s Royal Army Corps as an Ambulance Driver.

Harry says, “Pat and I look after each other. We’ve been on trips together and with the sight we’ve got between us we make the best of it. Pat is such a lovely lady and I admire everything she has done. We just really enjoy spending time together. She is a very special person in my eyes. I feel fortunate that at 90 years old I have met someone like her.”

Read their full story at http://bit.ly/2kLkxZ2.

#ageisjustanumber #loveat90 #NoOneAlone #HappyValentinesDay
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