Who’s that supporter? Doctor Who star Jon Pertwee at Blind Veterans UK

13 November 2013 11:45

Doctor Who turns 50 this weekend, and we are looking back to when the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee was one of our supporters

This weekend, the iconic British sci-fi programme Doctor Who turns 50. We're all excited for to see how the anniversary is marked - especially given that the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, was one of our celebrity supporters.

Jon, who took up the sonic screwdriver in 1970, lent his support for Blind Veterans UK's 80th anniversary. The charity, known then as St Dunstan's, commissioned a First Day Cover for a set of commemorative stamps, with funds going to the charity. Jon was one of a number of public figures - including The Duke of Westminster, General Sir Peter de la Billiere, climber Rebecca Stephens and fellow actor Anthony Hopkins - to sign the cover.

The cover was designed by blind veteran Phil Duffee, and featured a logo showing fellow Blind Veterans UK member Reggie Perrin's attempt to climb Mount McKinley in Alaska.

Jon, who served in the Naval Intelligence during the Second World War, also visited Blind Veterans UK's
Ovingdean centre in 1995 to judge our annual writing competition.