Victory Over Blindness

This year we mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. It was a conflict that caused more than 3,000 veterans to lose their sight.

Our charity, Blind Veterans UK, was founded to support them, and we continue this important work today.

This October we will unveil an iconic statue at the entrance to Manchester Piccadilly to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. Its name, Victory Over Blindness, is a phrase used by our founder Sir Arthur Pearson which continues to guide our principles.

The statue, of seven blinded soldiers leading one another with their hands on their comrades’ shoulders, is a testament to the thousands of blind veterans we have supported in rebuilding their lives after sight loss.

With your support we can reach many more blind veterans in their communities, enabling them to lead independent and fulfilling lives.

Find out more about Victory Over Blindness


"Helping blind veterans achieve victory over blindness is the cornerstone of everything we do, and have always done, at Blind Veterans UK. In 2018 victory over blindness means enabling blind veterans to lead the lives they choose."

Chief Executive of Blind Veterans UK, Major General (Rtd) Nick Caplin