Blind veterans and guide dogs facing cold Christmas after roof theft

18 December 2014 16:50

Blind Veterans UK’s Sheffield centre faces a cold Christmas after the theft of all the lead from the roof of one of their buildings, causing approximately £10,000 worth of damage.

We provide blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women with the help and support they need to lead as independent and fulfilling lives as possible, and we currently lease the building to Guide Dogs for the Blind and the theft has meant that they have been forced to relocate to a staff member's home.

As the weather worsens, the holes in the roof are starting to cause further damage to the building's interior meaning that the cost of repairs could still rise further.

Terry Heaton, Manager of Blind Veterans UK's Sheffield centre said: "This thoughtless theft has had a huge impact on the running of two local charities over the Christmas period.

"Many of our blind veterans train with the team from Guide Dogs for the Blind and this will greatly hinder the progress they are making training with the dogs."

Terry Smith of The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association said: "Our team in Sheffield have been so horribly affected by this theft. 

"We have had to relocate to keep the dogs out of the damp and the fact that it's over Christmas has made it even harder."

If you wish to make a donation to contribute towards the roof repairs then please contact Terry Heaton at or  0114 2672 580.

If you wish to make a donation to contribute towards the guide dogs then please contact Terry Smith at