Graham Forshaw, 81 and from Worthing, is aiming to raise £2,000 for Blind Veterans UK by sky diving 10,000 feet on Wednesday 9 October.
Graham, who has Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD), was in the Royal Artillery for National Services, serving in Cyprus and Germany. After leaving the Forces, Graham started a small retail business in Lancing. In 1977 he was elected to West Sussex City Council. He represented the people of Lancing, Shoreham Beach and Worthing for 24 years and retired as Leader in 2001.
Of losing his sight, he says: “Following an operation, I was told I had lost all sight in my left eye and had macular degeneration in my right eye. It was a shattering experience. I walked out of the hospital wondering what would happen when I lost the small amount of vision I still retained – it was a black moment”.
Fortunately Graham found Blind Veterans UK and has been supported by the charity since 2017. He is taking on the sky diving challenge to show his appreciation for the charity and to give something back. He will be funding the sky dive himself to ensure all proceeds to go Blind Veterans UK. He says:
“They assist thousands of others to continue living useful lives. Of course training, accommodation and community assistance does not come cheap, so we are immensely grateful to the public for their generous support”.
From all of us here at Blind Veterans UK – a massive good luck to Graham!
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