Blind veteran accepts generous Pertemps donation on behalf of Blind Veterans UK

4 June 2014 10:05

A blind veteran has accepted a cheque for £400 from Pertemps People Development Group on behalf of Blind Veterans UK.

Blind veteran, Terry Bullingham, from Smethwick, West Midlands, met with Pertemps People Development Group to thank the company for its donation to Blind Veterans UK and give them an opportunity to hear about the support, training and welfare he has received from the charity for many years.

Terry, now aged 69, was born in October 1944. He was serving as a Chief Petty Officer aboard HMS Antrim during the Falklands War of 1982 when, during the heat of battle, he bore the impact of an exploding shell from a pair of attacking 'Mirage' jets. The attack blinded him and changed his life forever.

Terry says: "After being repatriated on a hospital ship I was sent to the charity's rehabilitation centre in Brighton where I learned to read and write Braille and to type. I was lucky to receive such invaluable help which has enabled me to lead an independent life once more."

Terry has been able to pass his knowledge onto other blind veterans, teaching Braille to countless rehabilitation professionals and vision-impaired people over the years. Terry has also experienced long-cane training through Blind Veterans UK.

Phil Pemble, spokesperson for Pertemps People Development Group, says: "Our contribution will help provide a welfare officer to support Terry and other service users in the wider West Midlands. It's reassuring to know that charities like Blind Veterans UK are there to assist beneficiaries like Terry overcome any difficulties they encounter.

"We all have a responsibility to help one another and what better way than through a financial contribution to an incredibly supportive charity."

Andrew Jones, Director of Fundraising and Communications at Blind Veterans UK, said: "Blind Veterans UK is extremely grateful for this donation from Pertemps People Development Group which will help us to continue to support blind veterans, regardless of when they served or how they lost their sight. We know that there are many more blind veterans out there who, like Terry, could be eligible for the services of Blind Veterans UK, for which reason we are also grateful for the awareness Pertemps has helped us to raise about our work."

It is estimated that there are 68,000 plus blind veterans who are eligible for the charity's services but are not currently aware of this. If you know someone who served in the Armed Forces or did National Service and are now battling severe sight problems, Blind Veterans UK may be able to provide them and their family with a lifetime's practical and emotional support for free. Call freephone - 0800 389 7979 or visit our website.