“I'm not really a religious man but I thank the Lord for Blind Veterans UK.”Blind veteran Eddie
Eddie served in the Royal Navy in the Second World War and landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day. In 2017 he was awarded the Legion d’honneur at a Blind Veterans UK reunion lunch for his part in the Liberation of France.
He started receiving support from Blind Veterans UK in 2016 after losing his sight much later in life due to age-related macular degeneration.
Eddie was told about Blind Veterans UK after attending an exhibition at Poole library and has since received support, training and equipment to allow him to continue to live as independently as possible.
He says: “I am over the moon that the man at the library gave me the card for Blind Veterans UK and told me to get in touch. I came away from my first visit to their Brighton centre a new man.
“They have given me a special reader that magnifies documents to a huge size. It has allowed me to still look after my own correspondence and even get back into building models. I’ve also recently started learning how to use a tablet computer. I get quite emotional remembering the moment when I was being shown all this marvellous equipment and then being told that I was taking it home with me."
“The last time I visited I asked if I could have a Blind Veterans UK flag so I could literally ‘fly the flag’ for the organisation outside my house!"Eddie
Eddie is also supported in his local community by his Community Support Worker Lorraine and the rest of his local team. Lorraine visits Eddie regularly to make sure he has everything he needs to continue to live as independently as possible.
Last year Eddie was recognised for his outstanding work as an ambassador for Blind Veterans UK by being presented with a Founder's Day Award, the charity's highest honours.
He was nominated for the award by Lorraine for his “unlimited enthusiasm and willingness to help Blind Veterans UK encourage others to receive support from the charity.”
We at Blind Veterans UK are specialists in helping our veterans but most importantly, we’re also people, like you, who understand and care. We give those who have served our country support that ranges from rehabilitation and training to practical advice, and vital emotional support.
Together we can help rebuild blind veterans’ lives after sight loss. Away from isolation. Towards a life of fulfilment.