Our supporters and veterans do some amazing things to support our charity.



Battle of Passchendaele Nov 1917, men carry wounded soldiers through boggy land

On the centenary of Passchendaele, we remember them.

Constant shelling churned the clay soil and smashed drainage systems. Within a few days, the heaviest rain for 30 years had turned the soil into a bog, producing mud that clogged up rifles and immobilised tanks. It eventually became so deep that men …

31 July 2017 07:00
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WW1 veteran tending to the vines

Blind veterans tend to Hampton Court Great Vine

Our involvement with Hampton Court Palace goes back to our early years. In September 1920 it was announced that the ‘King’s Grapes’ from the famous Black Hamburg Great Vine were not needed by the Royal Household and could be sold to the public for t…

06 July 2017 09:49
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Lord Ian Fraser outside House of Parliament

For Parliament, it’s height, not sight, that you need

Ian became a BBC Governor in 1936 and had to step down as an MP, as it was not then permitted to hold both positions. He later returned to politics, becoming MP for Lonsdale in 1940 and remaining so until 1958, when he joined the House of Lords. Lo…

08 June 2017 10:00
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