In running an Oxford-based lunch club, volunteer and Blind Veterans UK member John Cantwell helps the veterans in his area combat isolation and enjoy life.

By volunteering for us, Oxford-based former RAF veteran John Cantwell has transformed the lives of former servicemen and women who would otherwise be isolated and miss out on enjoying the friendship and camaraderie that his popular and well-subscribed lunch club for our members in his area brings.

For just a few hours of their time a week, John – who is himself a member of Blind Veterans UK - and his wife Elaine organise the club while also supplying transport to and from its location. They also provide extra support to those veterans who may be struggling or need our assistance and alert our community team when assistance is needed.

One of John’s proudest achievements was his hard work in helping a group of our veterans to attend the prestigious Hampton Court Flower Show where he was volunteering. It was a momentous occasion for the charity after we won a Gold Medal for our display, and without John’s help our veterans would have missed out on being able to be there on the special day.

Without people like John at Blind Veterans UK, the members he looks after would lose out on the opportunity to make new friends and experience the happiness that they bring. Be like John, and give a few hours of your time to help the veterans in your area.

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