"Blind Veterans UK have given me so much, I feel fantastic giving something back"
Blind veteran Gordon joined our charity two years ago after meeting a veteran who is supported by our charity.
Gordon was eligible for our support due to his National Service with the Royal Army Service Corps.
Gordon has since attended an induction week, an IT training week, a fishing course and even a mosaic course at our centres. He has also been offered useful equipment to help him adapt to his sight loss.
“I have received some great pieces of equipment from the charity. One in particular is my CCTV reader which allows me to read letters. I recently received a tablet in which I can play music on and keep in contact with friends.
“I am also attending a training week at the Sheffield centre to increase my skills when using the tablet!”
Last year Gordon began volunteering for the charity. Gordon attends events such as the Macular Society roadshow and Optrafair (the UK’s leading optical exhibition) to help increase awareness of Blind Veterans UK.
“I like meeting new people and promoting the support Blind Veterans UK can offer. I enjoy being able to give something back to the charity that has given me so much!”
Whilst visiting the Sheffield centre Gordon met fellow blind veteran Jack and the two have become firm friends. Both veterans suffer with age-related macular degeneration which has left them severely vision impaired. As widowers, Gordon and Jack initially found it difficult adapting to living alone and life with sight loss.
Gordon said: “When I lost my sight, I thought my life had ended, but since I found out about Blind Veterans UK, everything changed. I’ve got a completely new outlook on life now, I’ve been helped tremendously. As well as the support from the staff, being able to meet other veterans, like Jack, has helped me adjust.”
Gordon and Jack have since attended training weeks together and have even been on holiday to Spain together with another trip planned for later this year.