Blind veterans enjoy week of baking and craftwork at charity’s Sheffield Centre

20 December 2012 10:20

Members of Blind Veterans UK enjoyed a Christmas-themed week of baking and craftwork at the charity's Sheffield Centre.

Members of the charity, who are all either blind or vision impaired, spent time making  all sorts of Christmas goodies including cards, baubles, wrapping paper, garlands, mince pies, biscuits, chocolate truffles and coconut ice.

The members also got the opportunity to visit a Christmas pantomime, walk through Castleton village in the Peak District National Park and also enjoy a pub dinner.

Photo of blind veterans and staff making Christmas craft work around a table at Sheffield centre

One such member was 75-year-old blind veteran Bob Dawson, who served in the Lancers for National Service in the 1950s and lost his sight years later as a result of age related macular degeneration.

Bob, who lives in Durham, said: "Christmas Activity Week at Blind Veterans UK's Sheffield Centre was a wonderful experience; we never stopped laughing, especially when we worked with glue and tissue paper, what a laugh. It was so good that I have put my name down for next year".

Photo of blind veteran Matthew Doherty posing with Christmas cards enjoying a week of baking and craftwork at Sheffield centre

Another blind veteran who spent time at the Sheffield Centre during its Christmas themed activity week was Matthew Doherty. Matthew joined the General Service Corps aged 18, serving in the UK and Germany. Like Bob he also lost his sight in later life due to age related macular degeneration.

Matthew said: "The best part of the week was making mince pies and actually making the mince itself. We also decorated little boxes to take them home in. It was an extremely constructive and enjoyable week".

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