Your support helped Jennie Hammond, our Essex Community Team leader, to bring together a group of blind veterans from across her region into a choir called Vision In Song.
The choir was born when Jennie made a home visit to 77-year-old Army veteran Danny Williams who told her of his desire to sing again.
Jennie says: “I visited Danny at home and was really moved by his story. His great love was singing but when he lost his sight he was unable to be accommodated by his old choir. I made it my mission to make sure Danny could sing as part of a choir group again.”
Danny recalls it well: “Jennie asked me what I missed most since my sight loss and without hesitation I told her it was being part of a singing group. Words cannot express how much joy Vision In Song has given me and I’m so thankful to Jennie and Blind Veterans UK for making it happen.”
"If you're down in the mouth, fed up, jarred off – sing, it will bring you back to happiness."Danny Williams
The ten vision-impaired ex-Service men who make up the choir represent all three branches of the British Armed forces: Army, Navy and RAF. They perform an assortment of numbers from war-time classics to patriotic anthems and jazz hits.
Former Royal Artillery Wireless operator Ted Cruse is another choir member and says: “I was a choir boy as a child and even sang at the Queen’s coronation at Westminster Abbey.
Vision In Song has given all of us a chance to sing again when we thought we never would. There is a real sense of camaraderie in the group and we all really look forward to rehearsals."
In November 2018, the choir was featured on BBC News.