100 years of service

Blind Veterans UK have been supporting vision-impaired ex-Service men and women since 1915. We support veterans no matter what the cause of their sight loss, be it due to accident, illness or a medical condition.

Group of veterans in military dress at Brighton centre

Previously known as St Dunstan’s, we were founded during the First World War by Sir Arthur Pearson. Pearson had lost his own sight through glaucoma and was concerned about the support available to veterans blinded in the war. He decided to help blind veterans by giving them the care and rehabilitation they need to lead constructive, independent lives.
More than a century later, Blind Veterans UK has provided help and support to over 35,000 veterans and their families.
 
Today, we currently help more people than any other time in the charity’s history.

"I lost my sight years after my Service but Blind Veterans UK were still there for me. I am so grateful for everything they have done."

Elizabeth Sharpe-Nelson, WWII WAAF Veteran

Our current beneficiaries range from Iraq and Afghanistan veterans blinded on duty to National Service veterans who lost their sight later in life.
We have always focused on providing veterans with the rehabilitation, training and support they need to lead full lives, that are as independent as possible.
Our work ranges from helping veterans relearn vital life skills and providing them with the equipment they need to be independent in
their own homes, to offering new recreational opportunities and respite care.

As a charity, Blind Veterans UK depends on the generosity of our supporters to fund our vital work. We also rely on the commitment of our volunteers to ensure we are able to help the growing number of blind veterans who need our support.