Our fundraising drive
Blind Veterans UK is a charity in need of funds as we receive no support from the government for our work.
To achieve our aims we are innovating to raise the money we require. Last year we launched a number of new activities. These included:
- March For Veterans sponsored walks
- 24 Hours Unplugged (which saw a sponsored abstinence from electronic devices for one day)
- and a series of sponsored social gatherings called Meet Up, Brew Up
We couldn't do what we do without people like Norman who go that extra mile to allow our blind veterans to be able to live the life they choose
Fundraising for blind veterans
Jumping out of a perfectly serviceable aircraft is a daunting task at the best of times, but when you’re a 94 year old Second World War veteran it goes to a whole new level.
Norman Smith wasn’t daunted though, and took on the challenge to raise funds for us in memory of his late wife, Audrey, who sadly passed away in 2018.
Taking on a 10,000 ft leap
Aided by the Freefall Club, he went to Tilstock Airfield, near Whitchurch, the intrepid former gunner engineer proved he still had nerves of steel by being taken to 10,000 feet for his tandem skydive.
Great-grandad Norman’s jump saw him raise over £800 for our veterans, and he’s already planning his next adventure. He’s no stranger to the daring life, having previously been gliding and micro-light flying, not to mention balloon and helicopter flights as well.
"All the family think he is absolutely amazing and we are extremely proud of him.”
Carole Roberts, Norman’s daughter, said afterwards