MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle visits our Brighton centre

13 March 2018 15:00

On Friday morning blind veterans at our Brighton centre were paid a visit by Lloyd Russell-Moyle, MP for Kemptown and Peacehaven.

Lloyd was given a tour of the centre and answered questions about social care, and his continued commitment to supporting local charities, during a Q&A with staff and blind veterans.

Lloyd Russell-Moyle speaking with blind veteran Fred Tree
MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle speaking with blind veteran Fred.

96-year-old Keith was one of the veterans who spoke with Lloyd during his visit. Keith lost his sight due to age-related macular degeneration and has been supported by us since 2007. Keith says:

"We all really enjoyed meeting Lloyd and asking questions about issues both local and national. Being 96 didn’t stop me putting him through his paces!"

Emma Allum, Activities Coordinator at Blind Veterans UK says: “It was great to host Lloyd at the centre. This visit builds on a successful program of political and cultural events and activities which encourage all the ex-Service men and women we support to continue leading active, fulfilling lives despite their sight loss.”

Lloyd Russell-Moyle talking with blind veteran Keith Arblaster
MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle chats with blind veteran Keith in the lounge.

Of his trip to the centre on Friday, Lloyd says:

"Blind Veterans UK is a much valued organisation in the local community and it was a pleasure to answer so many thought-provoking questions from veterans supported by the charity."

Lloyd first became involved with our charity in September 2017 when he opened an exhibition of artworks created by blind veterans for the waiting room of Sussex Eye Hospital.

In February Lloyd also attended the launch of Veterans Brewing Sussex, a craft brewery owned and run by veterans which has announced Blind Veterans UK as its charity of the year.

Thanks for paying us a visit Lloyd!

Lloyd Russell-Moyle speaking with blind veteran Fay Longman
Lloyd Russell-Moyle speaking with blind veteran Fay