1923 London to Brighton 100k Walk Certificate
Our famous London to Brighton 100k walk has been a Blind Veterans UK tradition since 1923.
Our location in our early years in Regent's Park was ideal for a wide range of sports and games. Rowing in the lake there was very popular with members, and soon this developed into challenge matches against other organisations, and an annual regatta on the Thames. Other sports that were popular including competitive walking, such as a London to Brighton walk - an event which we still hold today - from which veterans received medals and competition was fierce.
One such veteran to take part was James Pardo Meighen. Born in Liverpool on 11 November 1893, he started to receive support from Blind Veterans UK on 22 November 1918. James served with the Royal Field Artillery from 1915 but was later wounded in Ypres in 1917. James was blinded from shrapnel wounds to both eyes.
James had many successful sporting achievements during his time with us. He was a member of our team which on two occasions in 1921 played football against a visiting Arsenal side. Today, in our archives, we hold several medals and cups of his, such as a Football Competition silver trophy.
Meighen on a tandem bike with a VAD in 1919
More significantly, James completed the London to Brighton Walk which took place on the 6 October 1923. James completed the distance an impressive 11 hours, 8 minutes and 20 seconds. It is his certificate featured above. Click here to see it in more detail.
A tray made by blind veterans during WWII and embellished by Japanese Fighter Pilot Harry O'Hara
For 100 years we have been supported by dedicated volunteers.
Reunions have always been an important part of the support we offer to blind veterans
100k walk medals from 1923 to 2015
Our oldest veteran to have ever lived had a bus named in his honour in Brighton and Hove
Braille printers are revolutionary pieces of technology that allow texts to be translated into Braille.
Screen reading software both magnifies and read texts to allow blind veterans to read on their computer, use the internet, send emails and magnify documents and letters.
Ann Quin was a Sussex novelist who worked for Blind Veterans UK as a short-hand typist
Being able to tell the time without sight is an important step towards independence for the blind.
"If people want to hear music - music with a large capital "M" - let them come to St Dunstan's some day.." The Review, 1917
A signed address by Helen Keller from the World Conference on Work for the Blind. This address was given to Ian Fraser, our chairman at the time who was in attendance at the conference.
Fundraising has always been vital to the work of Blind Veterans UK.
During WWI, we sold postcards to raise money to continue our services for blind veterans.
Our centre in Brighton is more than 75 years old and was the first purpose-built rehabilitation centre for the blind.
The Old Bill Fraternity was a subscription scheme for products made by blind veterans.
The winged victory is a sculpture above the chapel at our centre in Brighton.
Sink the Bismarck is a 1960s black & white war film about the chase and sinking of the German battle ship the Bismarck.