Cooking up a storm

Veterans Kitchens is a way for your family to have some fun in the kitchen while supporting the work of Blind Veterans UK. We believe that sight loss shouldn’t mean the end of an independent life and so we provide our veterans with the equipment and training to help.

Veterans Kitchens will allow our supporters to see how we support our veterans to continue living an independent life despite sight loss. It has also given them the opportunity to do some fun activities during the lockdown.

Cooking has always been a big part of Hal’s life.

Before being called up in 1949, he was an apprentice butcher. He then went into the RAF as a butcher and cook, and he left as an Aircraftman. Now living on his own with age-related macular degeneration in both eyes, life holds many challenges for Hal.

He came to Blind Veterans UK because he needed support to live independently. As a keen cook he wanted to know how to keep on cooking safely with his visual impairment. Before lockdown, we welcomed Hal to one of our centres for some residential training.

During this week, he made corned beef panacalty (a childhood favourite his mother used to make), scrambled eggs on toast, pork and bramley apple sausage rolls, beef casserole, sticky toffee pudding and rocky road. All the recipes introduced him to specially adapted cooking methods for people with sight loss. Hal had a great week. Not only did he learn essential cooking skills but he also found new friends too. He told us, “I’m looking forward to experimenting and putting my skills into practice at home.”

How do I support Veterans Kitchens?

Our veterans have been busy in their kitchens cooking up a few recipes which you can try at home by making a small contribution.

  1. Select the video clip you would like to access
  2. 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).** Read our Terms and Conditions
  3. You will receive a text back with the link to watch the video in full.

** 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.*

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Watch the preview video below for the second round, featuring blind veteran Nancy as she cooks another serving of eggs - this time scrambled.

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Nancy makes scrambled egg


Previous helpings of Veterans Kitchens

Here is our gallery of past Veterans Kitchens previews. To access the full versions of these videos, all you need to do is email with the name of the video you want to watch in full, and our friendly team will help you.

Next week don't miss the preview video of blind veteran Nancy, a permanent resident at our Brighton facility, as she takes centre stage to serve up her third dish.

Watch Alan in action as he makes a cup of coffee

Alan Lock is a former Royal Navy Engineering Officer who lost much of his sight in his early twenties due to a rare genetic condition. Blind Veterans UK has supported him with mobility and IT training which has enabled him to carve out a new career in business.

The charity has also been instrumental in allowing Alan to pursue his love of sports in spite of his sight loss, such that he regularly runs the London Marathon, can ski with a guide and holds 2 world records for endurance challenges.

Alan makes a cup of coffee