Both blind veterans. Both born in Nottingham. Both supported for life.
3 November 2016
100 years ago Richard Pidcock was wounded at the Battle of the Somme. His wounds to his eyes were so severe he had to have both removed. Richard could no longer return to his previous employment as a bricklayer and had little prospect.
Fortunately, Blind Veterans UK (then St.Dunstans) were able to help. We invited Richard to our Regent’s Park hostel where he enlisted upon a boot repairing course. After completing the course Richard opened his own boot repair in his home town of Nottingham. He later married and had five children with his shop becoming a great success.
100 years later blind veteran Ron, who is also from Nottingham, enjoys the same support.
Ron joined the Forces in 1950 as a 15 year old apprentice. He spent time in Nairobi, stationed at the British Military Hospital, before leaving in 1965 to train as a teacher.
It was after retiring that Ron began to notice his sight was deteriorating. Ron was later diagnosed with age related macular degeneration.
He says: “Macular degeneration took away my biggest pleasure in life; reading. I could no longer read a book. It was so frustrating.”
Luckily Ron came across Blind Veterans UK whilst at a sight loss exhibition. Since then Ron has attended an induction week and has also received vital equipment to enable him to adapt to sight loss. One of the most important pieces of equipment is the iPhone which allows Ron to reignite his passion for reading by listening to audiobooks.
Ron says: “I feel so supported by the charity, somebody is interested in me and my sight loss. I know longer feel alone, I know we are all in the same boat and have this fantastic support.”