Meet Volunteer John

John lives in Devon and signed up to volunteer for us soon after he became one of our beneficiaries.

John Evans on the left with his guide dog

Since then, he’s attended sight awareness exhibitions across the South-West to raise the profile of our charity and reach out to more vision-impaired ex-Service men and women who could benefit from our support.

"I actually had my first contact with Blind Veterans UK through a sight awareness event where Simon Brown, a fellow blind veteran, was speaking"
John was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa in 1999, a hereditary eye condition which leads to a gradual loss of sight. He is supported in his volunteer work by his wife Jan and guide dog Johnny, who travel with him to events. Jan also volunteers her time to drive some of John’s fellow blind veterans to local lunch clubs and take them shopping.
"It feels great to now volunteer for the charity and to help build up networks both at big national events and at smaller events in my community."

John says: “The thing that really motivates me to keep volunteering is when I hear that an event I’ve been to has reached someone new and they’ve got in touch with the charity. If even one more person battling sight loss finds out about the support on offer, I know that giving my time has been worthwhile.” He has even begun organising his own advocacy talks and recently spoke to his local camera club about our support, leading to two more referrals to the charity.

"My volunteering gives me a great sense of pride and fulfillment, and it’s great to meet with other blind veterans, all of whom have such interesting stories to tell."

If you are interested in volunteering for Blind Veterans UK, get in touch at volunteer@blindveterans.org.uk