In The Mind's Eye
This is a book written by a former staff member and volunteer about the rich history of Blind Veterans UK.
David Castleton worked as the Blind Veterans UK Public Relations Officer from 1960 until 1993. He was a veteran himself, serving in the Royal Air Force. After finishing in his role as Public Relations Officer, David continued to be involved with the charity through volunteering.
In 2013, at the age of 85 he wrote his first book about his memories of his time with Blind Veterans UK and all of the remarkable people he had encountered. Ray Hazan OBE, President of Blind Veterans UK, is featured in the book along with Gwen Obern, Maurice Aldridge, Gerry Jones, Alan Wortley and Ray Sheriff. It also includes mention of Joan Osborne, a woman who has known Blind Veterans UK her entire life. Joan's late father Joe Walch, who is also featured in the book, was blinded in WWI as is Joan's late husband Bob, who was blinded in France in WWII.
Paddle Round the Pier is an charity beach and watersports festival held annually in Brighton.
Tennis was instrumental in fundraising activity for us in 1920s, as well as providing gainful employment for blind veterans.
Tandem bikes have been a part of our history since we were founded in 1915, they are a unique and innovative way for blind veterans to safely travel about and exercise.
At Blind Veterans UK, we take our cakes very seriously.
Two tactile grandfather clocks which stand in both in our Headquarters in London and at our oldest centre in Brighton were made by an extraordinary blind veteran named Fred Galway.