Ex-soldier Ian Slack raises £7,000 for Blind Veterans UK

26 November 2012 12:43

Ian Slack, who is a former soldier and experienced temporary blindness following a series of accidents, has raised nearly £7,000 for Blind Veterans UK.

Ian raised this fantastic amount in a matter of weeks for Blind Veterans UK through the campaign 'Finally Seen Sense' during which Ian played his final three rugby matches before retiring from the sport. Ian can no longer play the sport he loves because of the risk it poses to his eyesight.

As well as competing in the rugby matches, Ian dyed his hair into the shape of a Union  Jack to raise even more awareness of his fundraising campaign.

Three separate photos of blind veteran Ian Slack showing his Union Jack inspired hair cut fundraising for Blind veterans £7,000

Ian had a great career as an Army Officer in the Royal Engineers but it was suddenly cut short when an accident in 1997 meant he completely lost the sight in his right eye. He was medically discharged from duty. Some years
on Ian suffered with more eyesight problems when a rare eye infesction caused temporary blindness in his other eye. For a short period of time, Ian could relate to what it is like to suffer from vision impairment, being unable to
read, write, watch TV, work or simply walk on his own without bumping into things.

Fortunately, Ian did recover from the experience but it has since motivated him to fundraise for Blind Veterans UK. We are so thankful to Ian and for the huge amount of money he has raised. It will go towards helping blind veterans live a more independent life beyond sight loss.

Ian said; "I am humbled by the huge support I have received from friends and colleagues alike and the wonderful messages of support.  It is amazing how many people have been touched by sight loss and recognise the fantastic work carried out by Blind Veterans UK.  I am thrilled that we have raised well over ten times my original stretch target and that this will have a direct impact on those who have selflessly served the country. Thank you to all my supporters
and to Blind Veterans UK alike!"