Lorna joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service (the Wrens) in July 1944. She was one of the 600 who served at Bletchley Park during the Second World War whose work helped bring the war to an earlier end.

Lorna had always had glasses for reading and driving and it was only a few years ago that she noticed her sight was deteriorating. After dropping her glasses, she needed some new ones and visited her optician.

This is when Lorna discovered her eyesight was getting worse because of age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of sight loss in older people.

Fortunately, Lorna was referred to Blind Veterans UK and started to receive our free support in 2016. When Lorna first came to us we offered training and equipment to help her rebuild her life. After sight loss even the simplest things, such as telling the time, can become difficult. That’s why one of the first pieces of equipment we give to veterans is a talking watch. When she first got given it Lorna said ‘I was absolutely overcome’.

The equipment, training and support which she has been given means that, at the age of 94, she still lives independently. Hear more from Lorna on her service and the support she receives from our charity in the video below:

"Blind Veterans UK has given me my independence again. They've given me so much help and equipment. It's brilliant."
Blind Veteran Lorna
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