Blind veteran Clive has been nominated for a prestigious Inspiration Honour

1 February 2017 11:00

Clive, who lost his sight 16 years ago, has since dedicated his life to helping others. Incredibly, in the last fifteen years Clive has raised over £60,000 for military charities including Blind Veterans UK.

Clive raised the incredible sum organising hundreds of events from quizzes to curry nights. He has also hosted events for Armed Forces Day and completed a 200 mile cycle ride from Horse Guards in London to Cardiff.
As Clive continues to raise funds for Blind Veterans UK and other charities close to his heart he has had to begin thinking outside of the box for new and unique challenges. This month Clive, who is an incredibly proud Welshman, has been challenged to wear an English Rugby shirt for the duration of the Six Nations tournament. To make the feat even tougher, Clive has also agreed to give up beer for the duration too!Blind veteran Clive Jones standing under Blind veterans UK banner

It is not only Clive’s fantastic fundraising that makes him a true inspiration, his courage and determination has proved unstoppable. When Clive began receiving support from Blind Veterans UK he was unsure how to adapt to his sight loss. Through pure hard-work and rehabilitation Clive learnt how to cook, use technology such as a laptop and travel independently.

Blind Veterans UK Rehabilitation Officer Vince says: “I remember meeting Clive over 20 years ago, losing your sight at such a young age would prove traumatic to anybody but Clive persevered. I am so proud of Clive, he is married, living independently and active in so many areas. He is a true inspiration.”

What’s more, Clive has now been able to put his technology skills to great use. Last year Clive joined Blind Veterans UK with our Member Services team.

Clive says: 
"Blind Veterans UK were there for me and helped me adjust to sight loss. Thanks to the training and support I now have my confidence back. I even have my spark back too!"
We would like to wish Clive the best of luck with his nomination and also his Six Nations fundraising challenge. If you would like to find out more or sponsor Clive visit his JustGiving page here.