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Blind World War II veteran shares creative flair with military charity

Date
1 July 2014 14:29

A talented blind weaver has shared her craftsmanship with others in thanks of the support she has received from Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for visually impaired ex-Service men and women.

Brenda Bryon, 89 and from Peacehaven, recently taught blind veterans how to weave at the Blind Veterans UK centre in Brighton. In addition, she generously donated her equipment to the charity so others can pursue their new hobby.

Brenda says: "Weaving and spinning have been my hobby for 50 years. It was quite upsetting when I started to lose my sight and couldn't see very clearly what I was doing. I was quite lost but Blind Veterans UK has helped me.

"I was happy to give all of my weaving equipment to Blind Veterans UK and teach them a thing or two on how to use it."

Brenda served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service from 1943 to 1944 and was stationed in Bournemouth, where she met her husband.

Brenda started to lose her sight gradually 10 years ago and was later diagnosed with Age Related Macular Degeneration.

Brenda says: "When I joined Blind Veterans UK its staff members showed me that I could do things on my own. They have done so much for me but I would say one of the best things about Blind Veterans UK is that you meet others who are going through the same problem. I would recommend it to anybody who's been in the Forces and is suffering from sight loss. I am always telling people about Blind Veterans UK and the amazing work they do."

Blind Veterans UK recently launched its No One Alone campaign which aims to reach out to the estimated 68,000 plus ex-Service personnel who could be benefiting from the charity's services but they either do not know about the charity or they do not know that they are eligible for its services.

To find out more about Blind Veterans UK's No One Alone campaign go to go to: www.noonealone.org.uk or telephone: 0800 389 7979.