26 Aug 2020 13:00

One of our blind veterans has been making and selling wheelbarrows from his home in Northolt, donating all profits to Blind Veterans UK.


89-year-old Bob Wyeth first tried his hand at wheelbarrow making during a visit to our training and rehabilitation centre in Brighton. He says: “I’d seen another blind veteran making them in the charity’s magazine so when I went down to Brighton I thought I’d have a go. When I got home I told them how much I’d enjoyed it and they sent me some materials in the post so I could carry on at home.

“I’ve made about 20 since February and I’m selling them for £28 each. All profits are going to Blind Veterans UK. The charity do such a good job of looking after us blind veterans so I wanted to do something to give back. I know the money I raise will help Blind Veterans UK support other blind and partially sighted veterans in a similar position to myself."

"The charity do such a good job of looking after us blind veterans so I wanted to do something to give back."
“Making something like a wheelbarrow when you’re blind involves a lot of guesswork. But I’m fully equipped with the tools that I need like a talking measuring tape and the suchlike. It takes time but I can do it. It was a great hobby to have during lockdown as I think otherwise I would have been tearing my hair out.”
Photo of Bob in his garage making a wheelbarrow

Bob completed his National Service with the Royal Signals between 1949 and 1951 in Dortmund, Germany. It was later in life at the age of 84 that Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma stole Bob’s sight which has been in steady decline ever since. Luckily, Bob found out about our service and we have been supporting him since his diagnosis. He says: “The support from Blind Veterans UK has been fantastic. They’ve trained me up on a special tablet which means I can send emails to friends and family. And they’ve helped me repair my garage roof so I can continue to have a place to make my wheelbarrows. I can’t thank them enough.”

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