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Blind Veterans UK prepares for centenary

Blind Veterans UK SUS-140529-154614001

Blind Veterans UK SUS-140529-154614001

A CHARITY working with war veterans is calling for memories for its centenary project.

In preparation for celebrations to mark its 100th anniversary next year, Blind Veterans UK is calling for anyone who has been helped by, worked or volunteered for, supported or been associated with the charity to get in touch and share their memories, experiences and anecdotes.

The charity is requesting stories as part of its 100 Years, 100 Voices project, with the aim of recording 100 oral histories that tell the story of Blind Veterans UK from its inception in 1915, through its early days as St Dunstan’s, to the present day.

A selection of the stories submitted to the charity will be chosen to become recorded oral histories.

Archives officer Rob Baker said: “Blind Veterans UK has touched and transformed the lives of so many people during our 100-year history.

“To celebrate our centenary and tell the history of our charity, we’d like to capture some of the special moments, recollections and anecdotes from those who have been a part of our organisation, in one way or another.

“We’d also like to hear from any staff, volunteers or supporters who’ve enabled us to help so many blind veterans, as well as from carers.”

Blind Veterans UK, formerly St Dunstan’s, is the national charity for blind ex-service men and women providing free, lifelong and comprehensive support to veterans, regardless of when or where they served or how they lost their sight.

The charity aims to reach out to 68,000-plus blind ex-service men and women who would benefit from the charity’s services but either do not know about the charity or do not know that they are eligible for its lifelong support.

Blind Veterans UK has three centres, in Brighton, Sheffield and Llandudno, and a network of qualified welfare staff who provide services across the country.

Contact Rob Baker, information and archives officer, at Blind Veterans UK, by email on archives@blindveterans.org.uk or call 020 7723 5021. All stories should be submitted by August 31.

 

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