Llandudno blind veteran urges all to get tart baking for Blind Veterans UK
26 June 2013 14:05
Llandudno blind veteran, Keith Roberts, urges the people of Llandudno to get baking in aid of Blind Veterans UK, as we gear up to launch our annual Tarts for Troops fundraising campaign.
Llandudno blind veteran, Keith Roberts, urges the people of Llandudno to get baking in aid of Blind Veterans UK, as we gear up to launch our annual Tarts for Troops fundraising campaign. Blind Veterans UK provides support and rehabilitation to blind veterans and has the newest of its three rehabilitation and training centres in Llandudno.
Born and brought up in Llandudno, Keith, 81, was called up for National Service in July 1950 and joined the Army Catering Corps which took him to Egypt, Libya, Cyprus and North Africa in the build up to the Suez Crisis. Discharged in August 1952, Keith continued to serve in the Territorial Army for a further 12 years in the Royal Artillery. He went on to join the family plumbing business and later worked at the Citizens Advice Bureau as well as sat on social security tribunals.
Unfortunately Keith lost his sight as a result of suffering from glaucoma. In 2006 he became a member of Blind Veterans UK.
Keith says: "Blind Veterans UK is like a family to me; it has been since I first joined and this is how all of the charity's members are made to feel. I live very close to the Llandudno centre and am in and out all out of if all of the time. Twice a week I am in the centre having physio, for instance. It is always great to speak to other members and re-live my experiences spent serving. More than anything else being a part of the charity has allowed me to re-gain my independence."
As a way of saying thank you for the support that the charity has given him, Keith is backing the charity's Tarts for Troops campaign, during which it asks people to bake tarts and hold tea parties to help raise funds for its vital work.
Keith says: "I would do anything for Blind Veterans UK given all of the support that it has shown me. Everyone at the Llandudno centre is wonderful - they don't just do their jobs but really enjoy their experience of working at the centre too."
Tarts for Troops runs between Saturday 29 June and Friday 5 July 2013 and is a fun and easy way to support Blind Veterans UK. Whether you're holding a bake-off, a tarts and tea party, get together with colleagues at work for tarts with your morning coffee, or having friends around for a gourmet tart dinner party, make sure you register your event so we can support you with tips to make organising your event easy, safe and successful.
A host of celebrities have shown their support for this year's campaign by donating some wonderful sweet and savoury tart recipes, including Gordon Ramsay, Lorraine Pascale, Gregg Wallace, Tamasin Day Lewis, Phil Vickery and Mary-Anne Boermans.
To find out about how you can get involved in the fun, go to www.tartsfortroops.org.uk