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Step back in time to the 1930s at Blind Veterans UK's Heritage Open Day in Brighton

Date
16 October 2013 15:44

Blind Veterans UK moved to its Brighton building in October 1938 to provide a place for vision impaired veterans to visit for an introductory week, assessments, training and rehabilitation.

This Saturday, the stunning 1930s Blind Veterans UK Brighton centre is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the building by opening the doors as part of a Heritage Open Day. On Saturday 14 September, centre staff are offering tours of the architectural gem, which will showcase what we do and who we support.

Blind Veterans UK moved to its Brighton building in October 1938 to provide a place for vision impaired veterans to visit for an introductory week, assessments, training and rehabilitation. After the initial introduction visit, members of the charity are always welcome to come back to the centre for holidays, respite, residential and nursing care.

The building itself overlooks Brighton and the English Channel and is designed especially for blind veterans.

Its design mimics that of a Spitfire and includes facilities that our members need, including an IT suite, art and craft workshop that is currently being renovated, gym, swimming pool and other recreation facilities.

Whilst most of its 85 bedrooms are for short term visitors, some are permenant homes for people who need support, comfort and security of a nursing and residentual care home.

The centre was built for Blind Veterans UK and is located outside a small village called Ovingdean, located four miles outside of Brighton. The building has large grounds and designated safe pathways. Each floor of the building has the same layout to help people keep their bearings and everyone walks on the right hand side!

On Saturday, there will also be our annual Vintage Fete, kicking off from 11am until 5pm. Entry is free for all guests and free parking will be available. Come along for the Heritage Open Day and Vintage Fete and enjoy live music, a chance to get up close to classic cars and hot food and drinks!

Regional fundraiser Rachel Chitty says: "Our annual Vintage Fete is a great day out and fun for all the family for a fantastic cause! Games will be taking place throughout the day - there will also be a beer tent and cakes on sale!"

The Heritage Open Day event is suitable for everyone, with the building being  fully accessible for disabled visitors. The Blind Veterans UK Brighton centre is a working building so there will be a maximum of 10 people allowed per tour of the building and these will be offered on a first come first served basis throughout the day.

We would like to thank The Regency Town House for their assistance in planning our Heritage Open Day.