Spectacular light display marks 75th birthday of Brighton centre
18 October 2013 15:24
Blind Veterans UK's centre in Brighton was spectacularly lit up to mark the 75th anniversary celebrations of it's presence in Brighton.
To mark the 75th anniversary of Blind Veterans UK's rehabilitation, training and care centre in Brighton, the building underwent some dramatic changes on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October.
The iconic building,that was designed specifically for blind veterans, is set up on a hill in Ovingdean. It was spectacularly lit for two days, with bright searchlights. The display fired our red, blue and white lights from the glass windows, drawing attention to the building in its 75th year and showed off the Blind Veterans UK colours.
Long-standing volunteer at Blind Veterans UK, Joan Osborne was the one to pull the leaver and switch on the lights. Joan has a lifetime of connections with the building and Blind Veterans UK. Her father was a war blinded veteran of the First World War and she married a blind veteran; World War Two veteran Bob Osborne. She has continued to run the Brighton Club, a group that offers entertainment for blind veterans in house, including a weekly Wednesday dominos club and an annual bowls week.
The Ovingdean centre has been a key part of Blind Veterans UK's work since 1938, when the charity was known as St. Dunstan's. In that time, it has offered comprehensive support for thousands of blind veterans. Thousands of veterans travel from all over the country each year to receive life changing support from Blind Veterans UK in Brighton. We are proud of the quality of our services, and we wanted to celebrate with the wider community all that we achieve through the spectacular light display.
Currently, the centre serves blind veterans by offering respite, residential and nursing care, plus a 'home away from home' for holiday makers. As well as helping with fitness and mobility, the centres' skilled staff and excellent facilities help give veterans with sight loss the skills they need to live an independent life.