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Blind Veterans UK’s Director of Fundraising and Communications Andrew Jones, was among a number of special guests at an Armed Forces Charities reception hosted by the Prime Minister at number 10.

Date
15 October 2013 15:28

Blind Veterans UK’s Director of Fundraising and Communications Andrew Jones, was among a number of special guests at an Armed Forces Charities reception hosted by the Prime Minister at number 10.

Blind Veterans UK's Director of Fundraising and Communications  - Andrew Jones, was among a number of special guests at an Armed Forces Charities reception hosted by the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street last night.  At the event the Prime Minister announced funding awards from the Armed forces covenant (LIBOR) fund for 23 charities including Blind Veterans UK.

Since the Chancellor announced in October 2012 that funds from fines imposed on the banking industry would be used to benefit the Armed Forces community, millions of pounds have been awarded to military charities.  Blind Veterans UK has just received one of the highest payouts - £1m, which will be used to refurbish the charity's Brighton care, rehabilitation and training centre.

Speaking at the event the Prime Minister said:  "I am immensely proud to be in a room full of people this evening who are supporting our Armed Forces community.  It is fantastic that so many Armed Forces charities have now been able to benefit from fines from the banking industry - it is right that this money should be used to benefit the Forces community and I am pleased to be announcing a further £9m of funding tonight. This is the first annual Armed Forces charities reception and I look forward to having as much to celebrate next year."

Andrew Jones said: "It was a great privilege to attend the reception at No 10 Downing Street on behalf of Blind Veterans UK.  We are delighted that blind ex-Service men and women will benefit from the Libor fines money. The money will be used for major refurbishment of our Brighton care, rehabilitation and training centre, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year."

Andrew added: "While the Brighton centre's current facilities met standards at the time they were built and still provide a high level of care, they are now in need of upgrading to ensure that the building remains fit for purpose for the blind veterans who rely upon us. The Libor fund money will go a long way to helping us achieve that goal."

As well as providing a safe and secure home for a number of older blind veterans the Brighton centre provides hundreds of vision impaired ex-Service men and women and their families with recreation, training and rehabilitation support each year. The centre is renowned for providing life changing services that help our members enjoy life beyond sight loss, and face the implications of their vision impairment.

For media enquiries and interviews please contact Laura Luxton, Blind Veterans UK PR Manager on tel: 020 7616 7980 or out of office hours 07872 840117 or email: laura.luxton@blindveterans.org.uk.

Notes to editors

Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan's) is a national charity that believes that no-one who has served our country should have to battle blindness alone. It provides blind and vision impaired ex-Service men and women with lifelong support including welfare support, rehabilitation, training, residential and respite care.

While the No One Alone campaign is aimed at all ex Armed Forces personnel with sight problems and their families, Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan's) is particularly keen to reach the national service generation of men, who are in their 70s and 80s, trying to cope with a severe sight problem and unaware that their time in the forces, however brief or long ago, means they are eligible for the charity's free and comprehensive support.

If you know of someone who might be eligible to be helped by Blind Veterans UK please go to www.noonealone.org.ukor call 0800 389 7979.

A full list of Libor funding awards can be found her: www.gov.uk/the-armed-forces-covenant-libor-fund