Without care and support, older veterans with sight loss could become isolated in their own homes.
At 102, Reg Goodwin is one of our oldest resident blind veterans. Reg served as an RAF mechanic, in Italy, Palestine and South Africa during the Second World War, and now lives at the Blind Veterans UK Brighton Centre.
As well as suffering from age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), which means he can barely make out objects even a few feet away, he also has mobility issues and needs help to get around. After Reg sadly lost his wife Martha in 2008, his daughter Vanessa became worried that he might have an accident around the house or that he would become isolated. Thanks to our supporters, he is now able to call the Brighton Centre ‘home’.
Blind Veterans UK provides 32 residential care rooms at our Brighton centre, supplying dedicated care and support that helps our blind veterans remain active and alert, enabling them to live with dignity and respect. Our care staff are on call 24-hours a day and always go the extra mile to help residents like Reg feel at home and to provide professional care that helps them to live a full life. With your support we offer a full range of activities to help our residents adjust to life with sight loss, and keep busy and entertained. These activities are sometimes called ‘Meaningful Occupation’, which means they provide physical and mental stimulation along with a sense of fulfilment. You can read more about the support we provide here.
"The staff are brilliant. You’re cared for at all hours. I mean the other morning they came out and helped me at 4 o’clock in the morning. I’m not kidding, they’re a wonderful crowd."
Your support could help ensure our team of 56 care workers and nine nurses are available 24 hours a day to make sure blind veterans like Reg get the specialist support they need to help them live with their sight loss.
Reg loves nothing more than a natter, and recounts stories to staff and visitors about his time in the war. Share in his memories of Vesuvius erupting in 1944, or the joys of a good meal after months of ‘awful’ hydrated food, by sending in your stories through facebook. We’ll try and read them out to as many blind veterans as we can.