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No one who has served our country should battle blindness alone

Date
13 November 2013 11:05

Blind Veterans UK believes no one who has served our country should battle blindness alone, especially at Christmas.

Ex-Serviceman Peter Price had his life turned upside down when his eyesight started to fade. His confidence vanished and Christmas was a time Peter dreaded. After years of suffering he was eventually registered blind. But with the support of Blind Veterans UK, Peter has regained the independence he so missed.

Peter says: "When my vision went into freefall my world fell apart. It was like a hammer blow. My confidence and self esteem vanished in a very short space of time."

"Since joining Blind Veterans UK, Christmas means so much more to me and it's definitely more of a family occasion. I now feel confident to get out there and socialise"

"Christmas was a time for staying at home and avoiding social contact as I didn't have the confidence to leave the house," he continues. "We would receive cards that I was unable to read and Christmas decorations were meaningless. I was unwilling to help in the kitchen in case I got in a mess. "Since joining Blind Veterans UK, Christmas means so much more to me and it's definitely more of a family occasion. I now feel confident to get out there and socialise, even attending Christmas church services again. "I use a CCTV magnifier which gives me the freedom to read my own Christmas cards. Thank you Blind Veterans UK for giving me Christmas back."

Do you know anyone who served in the Armed Forces, or did National Service, and is now battling with severe sight problems? If so, Blind Veterans UK may well be able to provide them and their family with a lifetime's practical and emotional support for free.

Blind Veterans UK believes no one who has served our country should battle blindness alone, especially at Christmas.

Blind Veterans UK, formerly St Dunstan's, is the leading organisation supporting vision impaired ex-Service men and women, regardless of what caused their sight loss or how long they served. We help blind veterans to recover their independence and discover a life beyond sight loss. Our top quality free services include independent living and welfare support, nursing care and vital life-skills training. We also enable blind veterans to learn new hobbies and participate in recreational activities.

If you know an Armed Forces or National Service veteran with sight loss, orif you might be eligible for our support, please contact Blind Veterans UK.

T: 0800 389 7979

www.noonealone.org.uk