Celebrating 100 years of the Wrens

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Royal Naval Service, and to tie in with this special event, Blind Veterans UK is reaching out to WRNS veterans who are eligible for our support.

Founded in November 1917, the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS or Wrens) was the women’s branch of the Royal Navy up until 1993 when it was integrated with the Royal Navy.

Blind Veterans UK currently supports over 120 former Wrens and estimates that there could be as many as 2,500 Wrens in the UK eligible for our support, most of whom do not know about the charity.

During the Women’s Military Week at the Brighton centre, beneficiaries and former Wrens joined an arts and crafts activity to decorate the 2,500 foam figures that signify the ‘missing’ Wrens who may be struggling with sight loss, and who their fellow Wrens are now encouraging to come forward for support.

Photo of 8 current and ex service women standing holding numbers 2500
Lorna Cockayne, former Wren, has been supported by our charity since October 2016.

"We would encourage all vision-impaired Wrens, and other veterans, to get in touch with Blind Veterans UK and find out how they can help."
Royal Navy Commander Ally Pollard

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14 – 20 May was Women’s Military Week at the Brighton centre

This was a time where we treated our female veterans to a week of fun activities celebrating their time serving in the WRNS, the Women’s Royal Army Corps (or ATS) and the WAAF (Women’s Auxiliary Air Force).

Veterans had the opportunity to meet with women currently serving in the Royal Navy and the Army and chat about their time in the Service. The veterans have enjoyed a range of activities including a visit to Tangmere Aviation Museum, a special performance from the Royal Logistical Corps band, and arts and crafts.

Group photo of current and past service women  - large group shot during Womens Military Week at Brighton


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