Blind Veterans UK is visited by Roedean School

12 December 2013 17:00

We recently enjoyed a visit from Roedean school at our Brighton centre, during which our veterans enjoyed Christmas carols and festive cheer.

We've had a busy week at Blind Veterans UK in Brighton. We were visited by a group of 12 pupils from Roedean School in Brighton who brought festive cheer and mince pies for our veterans to enjoy.

Blind Veterans UK's centre in Brighton is situated very closely to Roedean school, which overlooks Brighton Marina. Roedean was founded by three entrepreneurial sisters - known locally as 'the Firm'. Its purpose was academic advancement: to prepare girls for entrance to the newly opened Girton and Newnham Colleges at Cambridge. In 1898 the school moved to its present site, where it occupied buildings designed by the architect Sir John Simpson in nearby Roedean Village.

At the start of the Second World War, Roedean received girls from Francis Holland School in Clarence Gate. But in 1940, these evacuees, along with most Roedean girls, were moved up to Keswick in the Lake District as the Army commandeered the School.

When speaking about their trip to Blind Veterans UK, Head girl Jess Roper commented "We were quite nervous about our performance, so much so that we even had a final practice on the mini bus on the way there! However there was no need for nerves and we all had a great time. The Blind Veterans UK members were very appreciative and we met some lovely people".

Natasha Cartwright, Activities Co-ordinator for Blind Veterans UK said "The members absolutely loved the carol singing. They always like to receive visitors, and especially like it when we have younger guests from schools".