Will you help a blind veteran to pack up their troubles this Christmas?

Head shot of blind veteran and staff member Billy Baxter

If somebody in your life has experienced sight loss, I am sure you will understand the profound sense of loss they feel and the incredibly important role specialist equipment plays in the battle to rebuild their lives. For former Royal Artillery Staff Sergeant Billy Baxter, who completely lost his sight after serving in Bosnia 20 years ago, the computer equipment and training we provided was life-changing.

"The software means my computer speaks to me so I know what key I’m pressing. It changed everything. I can communicate with my family and do my job, helping other blind veterans at the Llandudno centre. I can’t imagine how I’d get by without the computer."

And it isn’t just computer software that can help people like Billy towards independence. Even relatively inexpensive kit – like the liquid level indicator, which helps Billy make hot drinks safely – made a huge difference to his life.

"As a husband and dad it was important to me to do things for my family, and not have to rely on them. So the liquid level indicator is a godsend. It means I can make my wife a cup of coffee in the morning without burning myself."

Will you help provide another blind veteran like Billy with vital kit to help them pack up their troubles and live a more independent life?

What can your donation do?

With your support this Christmas, a blind veteran can begin to pack up their troubles and live a fuller, more independent life.

Written in 1915 by brothers Felix and George Powell, Pack Up Your Troubles became a popular marching song with British troops in both the First and Second World Wars.

Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag
and smile, smile, smile
When you've a Lucifer to light your fag,
smile boys that's the style
What's the use in worrying, it never was
worthwhile, so
Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag
and smile, smile, smile.