Grandson of Nottingham RAF veteran urges others to refer their loved ones to us this Grandparents’ Day
29 September 2017 10:00
This Grandparents’ Day (1 October) Adam Knight, the grandson of a Ruddington RAF veteran, is urging others with grandparents who served in the Armed Forces and who are now struggling with sight loss to get in touch with our charity.
Adam, 27, from the Hockley area of Nottingham, said: “We’re really close as a family and it was difficult seeing my grandad battle sight loss, particularly as he’s a man who values his independence. But since joining Blind Veterans UK, he’s learned new skills, made friends and received equipment and training to help him live life to the full. The support has been amazing.”
Peter Knight, 91, was called up for National Service in 1946 and joined the RAF, serving as an electrical engineer after completing his training at Padgate. He was then stationed all over the UK, where he was responsible for ensuring that aircrafts were well-maintained so that pilots could fly safely.
Peter says: “I’d always had an inkling I’d like to join the RAF, and it didn’t disappoint. We worked hard but we also had a lot of fun, and the camaraderie is something I still miss.”
He continues: “I remember fondly a time that a Polish squadron came to visit one of our bases. One of the pilots bet that I couldn’t stomach doing a loop-the-loop in a Tiger Moth but I proved him wrong!
After completing his Service, Peter went on to work at the Tew group as an electrical engineer. Decades later he lost his sight due to age-related macular degeneration, and was referred to us by his local hospital.
Since joining our charity Peter has taken cookery and IT courses at one of our rehabilitation centres, enjoyed getting to know other blind veterans in his local area, and been given equipment such as a mobile phone with voice command to help him keep in touch with friends and family.
Peter said: “The support from Blind Veterans UK has been immense, and even small pieces of equipment like an electronic magnifier mean that I can now read my post and write Christmas cards without having to ask for help. It’s these little things have really made such a difference to me and my family.”
Adam has been so impressed by the support his grandad has received that this summer he completed our 100K Yorkshire ultra-challenge, trekking 100km over 24 hours and raising nearly £800.
Adam said: “My grandad is an amazing person and to be able to support a charity that has done so much for him means a lot. This Grandparent’s Day I’d really urge others with loved ones who may have served and are now struggling with sight loss to get in touch with Blind Veterans UK.”