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Supporters planning to remember

Published on 13 Sept 2023

Remembrance is a significant time for our blind veterans. A time when we come together to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice during conflict and those comrades lost in subsequent years.

As a charity, we reflect on our history and the support we have provided to thousands of blind veterans since our first war blinded veterans made their way home from the battlefields of the First World War.

Blind veterans across the UK will be laying wreaths at their local Remembrance Commemorations, with the activity receiving support from individuals, groups and businesses as part of our Gift a Wreath campaign.

Meanwhile, many of our supporters are already gearing up to ensure both the fallen and those left behind are not forgotten, by planning events between 20 October and 12 November as part of our Planning to Remember campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of Remembrance while also fundraising to support our blind veterans.

St Oswald's Retirement Village

A group of residents from St Oswald’s Retirement Village are hosting a Remembrance event on 11 November consisting of a two-course meal with musical performances including a group of veterans playing The Last Post.

Lifestyle Manager for the Extra Care Charitable Trust, which runs St Oswald’s Retirement Village, Sam said:

“Every year we select a different military charity, this year, we went for Blind Veterans UK as we were struck by the amazing, life-changing work the charity do to support those who have experienced sight loss.
“Supporting deserving charities that make a real and tangible difference to the lives of veterans means so much to our community hence why we get such a good number of people attending the event. The St Oswald’s community is centred around compassion and desire to make a difference through fundraising to aid those less fortunate in our society.”
A stage with veterans wearing their medals during the event at St Oswald's last year
Last year's event at St Oswald's Retirement Village

War Memorial Walk

A group of our own veterans and team members from our Llandudno Centre of Wellbeing will be undertaking a war memorial walk from our Llandudno Centre to the town war memorial on 20 October.

They will be joined by 15 members of their local military preparation college, who will be raising funds as well as supporting our veterans during the walk. Local town residents will be invited to join them at the War Memorial for a moment of reflection.

Group of walkers, some in Blind Veterans UK T-shirts, some in military themed costumes, gathered in front of Llandudno War Memorial.
A group of walkers at Llandudno War Memorial

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