Henry Allingham Bus
Our oldest veteran to have ever lived had a bus named in his honour in Brighton and Hove
Henry Allingham was Europe's oldest living man in 2009 at the amazing age of 113. He is still the oldest British man to have ever lived. He lived in our centre in Brighton and was exceptionally honoured with a bus name while still alive, due to his record breaking longevity and in recognition of his distinguished service.
Henry was a WWI veteran, he joined the Royal Naval Air Service in 1915, as an Air Mechanic. In 1917 he was posted to the Western Front and was involved in the Ypres offensive. After this he was posted to Dunkirk where he remained for the rest of the war.
Henry was transferred to the RAF upon its creation in 1918 (having been formed from the merging of the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps.)
Upon his death he was recognised as the last surviving founding member. He also had 7 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great grandchildren and one great-great-great grandchild.
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 famous London to Brighton 100k walk has been a Blind Veterans UK tradition since 1923.
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.