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BIG thanks to our supporters

Published on 30 Jan 2023

Thank you to everyone who supported our 2022 BIG Christmas raffle!

A huge congratulations to our winners, and everyone else who took part. We can all celebrate the fact that the money raised will go towards vital support and equipment for blind veterans!

We caught up with blind veteran Sheila to see how she’s been getting on since we last shared her story in our Christmas raffle letter.

Blind veteran Sheila wearing a cycling helmet and red Blind Veterans UK jacket
Blind veteran Sheila

Getting creative

Sheila has been getting stuck into all her crafting activities. She has really enjoyed making mosaic coasters recently and even plans on setting up craft stalls to raise funds for our charity.

She says, “I think it's important to give back, get the word out there for those who don't know about Blind Veterans UK”.

Blind veteran Sheila holding a square mosaic piece in tiles of different shades of blue
Blind veteran Sheila holding a mosaic piece

Sheila creates her beautiful homemade craft designs with the help of some handy equipment that she was introduced to at the Llandudno Centre of Wellbeing. A lamp with a powerful light and magnifier attached “helps tremendously”.

She explains, “there's always ways of doing things, just a different way of doing it. It's not what you can't do, it's what you can do”. It’s the support, equipment and training received at our centres that help blind veterans like Sheila rediscover their hobbies.

With many more exciting ideas, and lots of new crafts that she hopes to take up this year, we’re looking forward to seeing what Sheila creates throughout 2023!

"The charity has given me back my independence, my confidence is growing all the time."
Sheila, blind veteran

We can’t wait to welcome more blind veterans to our centres where they can receive the training and support that helps them to grow in confidence, just like Sheila has.

None of the support and equipment the charity provides would be possible without you. We are so very grateful to all our special supporters for taking part in our 2022 BIG Christmas raffle.

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