Llandudno Opening Stone
In 2013 our Llandudno centre was offically opened with a special ceremony and commemorative monolith in the centre's grounds.
On 2nd May 2013, our centre in Llandudno was officially opened by former head of British Armed Forces, General David Richards, Baron Richards of Herstmonceux GCB, CBE, DSO, DL, ADC Gen.
Llandudno, our third and newest centre is a magnificent building built in 1902 as a convalescence home for shale miners. It was meticulously refurbished and adapted specifically to meet the needs of blind veterans who would be visiting the centre for training, rehabilitation and holidays.
The commemorative monolith is made from North Wales slate and celebrates an important moment in the charity's history. The official opening of the centre also coincided with the Baron Richards of Herstmonceux becoming a vice-patron of the charity.
General The Lord Richards said: "I am delighted to have been asked to officially open Blind Veterans UK's Llandudno rehabilitation, care and training centre. My visit to the centre is especially timely as I have just become a Vice Patron for the charity - a position I feel very privileged to accept.
I have been extremely impressed by the first class staff and facilities here at this amazing location. And I have been humbled by the courage and positive attitude of the ex-Servicemen and women here who have faced up to sight loss and regained their independence thanks to the support of Blind Veterans UK."
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