Nancy boils an egg

Meet blind veteran Nancy Bowstead

At 97 years old, Nancy Bowstead is a great example of rebuilding a life after sight loss. A member since 2012 and a permanent resident at the Brighton facility since 2018, Nancy has tried her hand at many different projects, including her popular ‘Nancy’s Knits’, a collection of gorgeous knitwear currently on sale at the Art & Craft Gift Shop.

Nancy served with the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) in 1942 and was selected for the Officer Cadet Training Unit (OCTU) later being commissioned in 1943. She was married in 1948 and has one son and one daughter. Prior to losing her sight, Nancy was a keen and talented craftswoman, particularly with needlework. She had in her earlier life qualified as a cook – as you can tell from the video!

Nancy was diagnosed with Ocular Ischemia and glaucoma, but it hasn’t stopped this intrepid lady. Having been sadly widowed before she came to live at Blind Veterans UK Brighton, Nancy once again found love with a fellow member. They received a blessing in the Blind Veterans chapel in 2019 and have been together ever since.

Nancy explains step by step how to boil an egg

Liked the video? Nancy has also done a tutorial on how to make delicious scrambled eggs! The video will be released on 22nd July.

How to keep supporting Veterans Kitchens?

Want to watch Nancy's scrambled egg tutorial? On Wednesday 22nd of July you can make a small donation by texting TEA to 70111 to give £3. Your text will be charged at £3 plus one message at your standard network rate (based on your service provider rates).** Please don't forget to read our Terms and Conditions.

** There is no limit on the number of times you may make a donation via text but there is a daily limit of £30 on text donations. You will not be able to donate more by text from the same number on the same day, but you may still incur your standard network message charge if you try.

How to get more involved?

Inspired by seeing our veterans cooking their recipes? Get cooking and send your pictures or video clips to and we’ll share the most creative recipes on our social media channels!