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Blind veteran from Fareham marches on Remembrance Sunday with Blind Veterans UK

Date
5 November 2015 16:15

A blind veteran from Hampshire marched with other blind veterans to the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday for Blind Veterans UK.

Bob Strickland, 78, joined more than 100 other representatives of Blind Veterans UK, which this year celebrates its 100 years of service to vision impaired ex-Service men and women.

Blind Veteran Bob Strickland on Remembrance Parade

Bob served in the Army in the 33rd Parachute Field Regiment Royal Artillery as a short time Regular. He was trained as a Signaller and served in Cyprus, Egypt and Aden. After three years in the regular Army, Bob served for a further five years on the reserve. He left the regular Army in 1958 as a Lance Bombardier.

After the Army, Bob worked as a cartographer drawing maps for aircraft and ships for 44 years until retirement.

Bob noticed he was starting to lose his sight when he couldn't see half of his wife's face. He was later diagnosed with optic atrophy. His sight continued to worsen over the years and in 2002 he was registered blind.

Bob started receiving help and support from Blind Veterans UK in 2004 after someone at his local social services told him about the charity.

Bob says: "Blind Veterans UK made me able to look after my life. They've provided training to live independently with sight loss including cane training, cookery lessons and IT training.

"They even provided me with blind archery equipment after I expressed an interest. I cannot give them enough praise."

Bob marched for the tenth time to the Cenotaph and marched together with more than 100 other blind veterans on Remembrance Sunday for Blind Veterans UK.

Bob says: "Remembrance means a lot to me because of all those who served before me and lost their lives. They deserve to be remembered.

"It was an honour to march with Blind Veterans UK again because we've all got two things in common that connects us; we've served our country and we're visually impaired."