Blind Veterans UK presented with 100,000 cheque from The Freemasons Grand Charity

25 January 2016 15:52

Last Wednesday (20/1) three representatives from the Provincial Grand Lodge of North Wales visited the Blind Veterans UK centre in Llandudno to present the charity with a £100,000 cheque from The Freemasons' Grand Charity.

The cheque was presented by the Provincial Grand Master Ieuan Redvers Jones to Blind Veterans UK Chief Executive Major General (Rtd) Nick Caplin CB.

The Freemasons' Grand Charity awarded the money to help refurbish buildings being turned into residential units for Blind Veterans UK's Life Skills for Independent Living project in Llandudno. The project aims to deliver tailored training programmes to young, blind or limbless veterans at risk of homelessness. It will focus on ensuring veterans can live as independently as possible.

Chief Executive of Blind Veterans UK, Major General (Rtd) Nick Caplin CB, said: "I would like to thank The Freemasons' Grand Charity for this fantastic £100,000 grant towards our Life Skills for Independent Living project in Llandudno.

"We are delighted to receive their support for what will be an ambitious new unit providing the most vulnerable ex-Service men and women with specialised training to help them regain independence in their lives and overcome sight loss. We are proud that one of these buildings will display The Freemasons' Grand Charity name.

"Blind Veterans UK is currently supporting more veterans than ever before in the charity's history and projects like this one will ensure that we are able to continue to grow and support veterans into our second century."

Chief Executive of The Freemasons' Grand Charity Laura Chapman said: "For veterans who have lost their sight, it can feel as though life is not worth living. Unsurprisingly, many slide into desperation and can fall victim to extreme hardships. Blind Veterans UK provides incredible support and most importantly, helps restore hope to these individuals. We are delighted to give a grant to this charity, which has a long history in helping blind veterans maintain their independence as much as possible."