Blind Veterans UK celebrates Volunteers Week!

3 June 2014 09:55

Blind Veterans UK are celebrating our hard working volunteers during Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1st to 7th June.

Blind Veterans UK are celebrating Volunteers week through various events that will include quizzes, afternoon tea and the presentation of certificates and sending out of thank you cards to our wonderful volunteers.

Victoria Dickenson, head of volunteering at Blind Veterans UK said "We are always surprised and delighted by the generosity of our volunteers in gifting their time. We have many volunteers who do more than one role and just in the month of March alone we calculated that volunteers had donated 1,400 hours of their time in our centres alone."

"There are over 350 volunteers who contribute to our vision that no one who has served our country should have to battle blindness alone. This takes on many forms that include supporting our members to take on a range of activities that include white water rafting or tandem bike riding, to climbing Snowdon. While everyday support can be provided through helping a member sort through old photographs and cataloguing much treasured music collections."

David Castleton worked for Blind Veterans UK for 33 years and has volunteered for the last 20 years and Valerie Tomalin has volunteered for 10 years. Our members really do appreciate the added support that volunteers add to their lives.

One testimonial came from a member who needed assistance with their paperwork. They said: "June is a tremendous help. I want to express my gratitude; it has been a great weight off my mind."

Another comment came from a member about his volunteer escort. He said: "We had a very good time, he is such good company."

Many volunteers also help us with fundraising across the country as they get involved in a wide range of events from baking cakes, attending events and welcoming our guests.

Rachel Chitty, Regional Fundraiser at the Brighton centre, said: "I would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who have helped me in my first year as fundraiser at the Brighton centre. I have tried to put together a wide variety of events to involve the local community that has ranged from a sponsored knit to a motorcycle ride. If you would like to be involved with our fundraising in the area you may be surprised how much fun it can be! If you want to get involved please telephone me on: 01273 391455."

Viccie Beech, Regional Fundraiser at the Llandudno centre, said: "Without the support of our volunteers we wouldn't have been able to stage many of the events that we have, such activities as coffee mornings, garden parties, collections, cheese and wine tastings, family fun days - the list goes on. Our volunteers have not only facilitated these events, but also provided members of the public with vital information about the work of our organisation that has lead to generous donations and also to the recruitment of new members. A massive thank you to you all!"

If you want to get involved in supporting the Llandudnoarea please contact Viccie Beech on 01492 864574.