We are Blind Veterans UK, formerly St Dunstan’s and we believe that no one who has served our country should battle blindness alone. We’re here to help with a lifetime’s practical and emotional support, regardless of when they served or how they lost their sight. We help blind veterans recover their independence and discover a life beyond sight loss.
This year is very special for the charity. We are marking 100 years of service to blind ex-Service men and women. Since 1915 we’ve supported over 35,000 people. Almost 100 years on, we’re now helping over 4,000 blind veterans throughout the UK. We believe there are many thousands of blind veterans who may also need our help, so we want to get our message out to them, their friends, families and neighbours.
We want more people to know we’re here. Our work is delivered nationally across the UK however one of our main areas of focus is Brighton and the South East with our flagship centre at Ovingdean. Our Brighton Centre is a rehabilitation and training centre which provides respite nursing and permanent residential care. It is also a rehabilitation centre supporting those who have newly lost their sight, particularly with independent living skills such as cooking, using a white cane and even IT.
We also work at a local level with beneficiaries in their homes and communities, providing care, specialist equipment, social activities and other services to enable people to remain independent. Our work transforms people’s lives. Like many charities we receive no government support and are reliant on donations and support from people and organisations.
There are lots of ways to work with and support Blind Veterans UK and we are particularly keen to develop new mutually beneficial relationships with businesses. For more information please contact Rachel.email@example.com.
Dash of Colour
This colourful 1 or 3 mile event is raising money for Blind Veterans UK and Help for Heroes, starting at the Martello Tower on Seaford Seafront on Sunday 19th July at 10am.
It is not all about speed or fitness, it’s about having a bit of fun! As you walk, jog, skip or dash your way around the course you will be showered with colours of the rainbow. Plus the wonderful people from Juice 107.2 will be playing some tunes whilst you add a little more colour.
Registration is just £20 if you can raise £30 or more in sponsorship, or £50 without. Children are also welcome to participate with registration costing £10 if a minimum of £15 can be raised. All proceeds are to be split equally between Blind Veterans UK and Help for Heroes.
For more information please visit www.blindveterans.org.uk/dashofcolour