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Get involved in our Gift a Wreath campaign

Published on 22 Mar 2024

Remembrance is a special time of year for veterans, their families and those in active service. Every November, blind veterans, staff, and volunteers come together to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

On Remembrance Sunday, we support our blind veterans in making the journey to London to march past the Cenotaph but many veterans choose to mark the important occasion at events closer to home.

We are calling out to groups, organisations and individuals across the UK to ‘Gift a Wreath’ to be laid by our blind veterans at local Remembrance events around the country.

If you'd like to support, you can work with your friends, family or colleagues to fundraise or you can make a donation.

Your gift will make this Remembrance extra special and enable a blind veteran to take part in Remembrance in their local community. It will also ensure our veterans are able to continue receiving vital support to help them lead independent and fulfilling lives. Blind veterans Tony, Noeline and Jim all laid wreaths gifted last Remembrance.

What it means to our blind veterans


Blind veteran Tony, who is 88 and from Brighton, served with the RAF Police. Last year Tony laid a wreath at Brighton Train Station and will be doing so again this year. Tony said:

“It’s hard to put into words what laying a wreath means to me, it’s about remembering so many people including my father who fought in the First World War and remembering fellow blind veterans who are no longer with us but were like brothers to me.

“I also reflect on being evacuated from my home at six years old during the Second World War and those who gave their lives in that conflict. It’s about showing respect and gratitude. If it wasn’t for those young men, what would our lives look like today?

“Having the opportunity to lay a wreath and to be part of Remembrance Day events is a wonderful thing.”
Tony wearing his medals and stood in front of Brighton Train Station War Memorial which has a number of poppy wreaths laid against it
Tony with a wreath he laid at Brighton Train Station


Noeline, who is 71 and from Caerphilly in Mid Glamorgan, laid a wreath last year at the Ynysangharad War Memorial Park in Pontypridd, South Wales. She said:

It means the world to me to lay a wreath for Remembrance, representing all the blind veterans who have gone before me and those who are supported by the charity now."
"I felt truly humbled by the experience and want to say a great big thank you ‘diolch yn fawr’ to those sponsors who made it possible for veterans like me to do this; I hope they know how appreciated they are.”
Noeline wearing Blind Veterans UK t-shirt stood in her garden holding her cane
Blind veteran


Blind veteran Jim, who is 82 and from Rustington, served in the Army for 37 years. Last year he laid a wreath at the Rustington War Memorial in West Sussex that had been funded by the ‘Gift a Wreath’ campaign. He said:

“It’s very important for me to pay my respects as so many people through the ages have lost their lives in a bid to defend our freedom. I was incredibly proud to lay a wreath on behalf of my fellow blind veterans last year and on behalf of the charity who have done so much for me.”
Blind Veteran Jim stood in his garden wearing a poppy and displaying his medals. He is holding his white cane and his poppy wreath.
Blind veteran Jim ready to lay his wreath

Organisations signed up to gift a wreath

Organisations that gift a wreath will have their name and logo added to the wreath and a tribute message will be added to our ‘Gift a Wreath’ page.

Hotel Chateau Rhianfa in North Wales gifted a wreath last year and will be taking part again this year. Delyth who works at the hotel said:

“It was wonderful to hear what the experience meant to the veteran whose wreath we gifted. It’s so important to us to play a part in ensuring the fallen are not forgotten and to support blind veterans in our community.
“Last year I had the opportunity, along with my colleagues from Thea who were running the London Marathon for Blind Veterans UK, to lay a wreath for Remembrance. This was a beautiful moment and one which we were all honoured to have been a part of.”
Mark holding open a black bin bag while colleagues place weeds inside
Charity manager at Thea Pharmaceuticals, who are gifting a total of nine wreaths this year

Kelly from Tom Owen and Son Funeral Directors will again be joining the blind veterans on Remembrance Sunday to accompany a veteran to lay a wreath that they have gifted. This is the second time that Kelly has been involved in this event, and last year she accompanied blind veteran Billy at the ceremony to lay a wreath at Llandudno's War Memorial. She said:

“It was such a fantastic day and one I was so proud and humbled to have been a part of. I wanted to do my very best for Billy as I knew how much the occasion meant to him. Meeting Billy and the other blind veterans was truly inspirational and I look forward to being welcomed back to the charity’s Centre of Wellbeing for a second time and to see the great work they do.”
Billy dressed in smart clothes, bending over to lay his poppy wreath beside others. A military band is playing in the background.
Blind veteran Billy laying a wreath

Are you interested in taking on a fundraising challenge to support our blind veterans this Remembrance? Find out more about our Gift a Wreath campaign.

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