Grandchild of Second World War RAF veteran asks other grandchildren to support Blind Veterans UK
Blind veteran Maurice's grandson encourages others to put their grandparents in touch with our charity this Grandparents’ Day. (2 October 2016)
Andrew Carr, the grandson of Maurice Bell, whom our charity supports, wants to encourage other grandchildren whose grandparents served in the Armed Forces, either as part of their career or as part of National Service, to get in touch with our charity.
We provide free support to veterans affected by sight loss, no matter when or how they lost their sight.
Andrew said: “Blind Veterans UK has been fantastic for my granddad, their support has been vital to helping him live with sight loss”.
Andrew’s grandfather, Maurice Bell, joined the RAF in January 1942. After his training at Blackpool, followed by specialist training at Yatesbury, Maurice was sent to Cuttack, India and subsequently to Burma at the end of the war where he was stationed in the far north on the Chinese Border. This was at a time of escalating tension in that region. He left the RAF in January 1947 as a leading aircraftman and spent the rest of his working life in Carlisle where he still lives.
Andrew, said “I certainly feel that my grandfather has gained a lot from his involvement with Blind Veterans UK, ranging from a stay at their centre in Brighton, to a cookery course at the charity’s Sheffield centre, to the annual lunches in Newcastle which he attended again recently. My grandfather and grandmother thoroughly enjoyed the garden party at Buckingham Palace which the charity hosted to celebrate its centenary.
“I would encourage any grandchild or other relative of an ex-Service man or woman to contact Blind Veterans UK to see what assistance they can provide. Blind Veterans UK have made a huge difference to my grandfather’s life since he began losing his sight due to age-related macular degeneration. They have given him confidence and independence despite the significant challenges that come with his sight loss.”