On 16 October 2018, we unveiled a statue to commemorate the amazing achievements of the blind veterans we have supported since the First World War.

The statue, entitled Victory Over Blindness, depicts seven blinded First World War soldiers leading one another away from the battlefield with their hand on the shoulder of the man in front. Realised by artist and sculptress Johanna Domke-Guyot, it stands proudly outside Manchester Piccadilly station as the only permanent memorial to the injured of that conflict, and has just celebrated its first anniversary.

The Imperial War Museum’s War Memorials Register currently holds the records of 77,000 memorials in the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man. Of these, none depict a disabled service person.

There is no more appropriate location for this statue. The convalescent camp at Heaton Park in Manchester treated and trained thousands of wounded First World War soldiers and sailors, including many with sight loss.

We hope that it will continue to inspire the people of Manchester, and beyond, for many years to come.

Inspired by the statue we’ve paired each of the seven figures in the statue with a blind veteran past and present who have rebuilt their life following their sight loss. Take a look at their stories.

VOB statue artist's impression
VOB statue artist's impression 3
VOB statue artist's impression
These beautiful artist's impressions were sketched by Johanna Domke-Guyot
'Victory over blindness' is a phrase first used by our founder, Sir Arthur Pearson, which continues to guide our principles today.

Victory Over Blindness has been funded by the generous donations of The Gosling Foundation as well as other individuals and organisations. The location of the statue at Manchester Piccadilly has also been made possible thanks to the support of Network Rail and Transport for Manchester.

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Buy a limited edition print

Johanna has produced a beautiful sketch of her statue, 100 limited edition prints of which are available to purchase from Blind Veterans UK.

The A3 print is £95 and will be delivered to you ready to frame. It will be marked with the print number.

To order your limited edition print, please contact us on:

Email: supporter.services@blindveterans.org.uk
Telephone: 0300 111 22 33