The difference a cup of tea can make
A glug of milk - or just a dash? How we take our tea is always a hot topic.
A cuppa is what we turn to when we want to relax. It can be a saving grace when we're stressed, and it's definitely a must in the morning. With 165 million cups of tea being consumed in the UK every day, what's sure is that we drink a lot of it.
For many of us, it's a safety blanket - it's warm, comforting and familiar.
So what do you do if you lose your sight and no longer feel confident making your cuppa?
At Blind Veterans UK we know how much a cup of tea can mean. That's why one of the first things we give our veterans is a handy little piece of equipment called a "Liquid Level Indicator". It beeps when you've filled your mug to a certain point with water. Then it beeps again when you've topped it up with milk. That way, you can be sure that your mug won't spill, and there's still room for your milk.
You may have lost your sight, but the familiarity and comfort of being able to make a cup of tea independently is still there.
"That's what really gets to you, losing your independence and not being able to do the simple things like making your own cup of tea."
Chris, blind veteran