Donald Mulryan

Don Mulryan painting

Name: Donald Mulryan
Date of Birth: 1 December 1933
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment: Intelligence Corps
Joined Blind Veterans UK: 24 January 2014

Don Mulryan, born in Liverpool, began his military career as a National Serviceman, February 1952, when he enlisted with The Green Howards. He was the transferred to Royal Army Ordenance Corps September 1952 – March 1954. He later joined the Intelligence Corps TA in November 1956 until he was discharged as Sergeant, April 1958. After his service he initially returned to his previous career – banking. At the age of 33 his sight began to fade as a result of Macular Dystrophy.

He continued in banking for a further 9 years until his sight deteriorated to the point he was no longer able to read documents. Don then qualified and worked as a Technical Officer for the blind, working as a contractor for many agencies including Bradbury Fields and the National Federation for the Blind. It wasn’t until 2013 that Don became aware that Blind Veterans UK supported National Servicemen like himself – highlighting the importance of our No One Alone Campaign.

Once a member, he attended an Introductory Week at the Llandudno Centre to find out more about the support the charity could offer. He learnt that in addition to training concerning mobility, independent living and provision of equipment, he could also receive support in developing interests. Following on from his Intro Week, Don has visited the Llandudno Centre for individual training to develop his painting skills.

“I cannot tell you how happy the painting course has made me. I have always wanted to have a go but never had a chance before my sight condition developed – but now with the help of Blind Veterans UK I have created paintings which have received favourable comments from all those who have seen them. Abstract painting is perfect for me as there is no need to focus on detail. The Arts and Craft instructors taught me a blowing technique which has been perfect as using a brush can be tricky as my sight condition makes it difficult for me to perceive depth, meaning I don’t always know when the brush has met the canvas.”