Our very first minute book, which documents the early years of our charity from 1915 to 1921.
Blind Veterans UK was established in 1915, when large numbers of soldiers were returing blinded from the battle fields of the First World War. Our founder, Sir Arthur Pearson, lost his sight through glaucoma but was determined to help blind veterans continue to live independent and fulfilling lives.
Our minute book provided fascinating insight into our charity from 1915 through to 1921 documenting the vital support we were providing to veterans returning blinded from battle.
We are proud of the fact that our vision remains as strong today as it was in 1915: we believe that no one who has served our country should have to battle blindness alone.
As we celebrate our 100th anniversary and enter our second century, we're committed to helping blind and vision impaired ex-Service men and women discover life beyond sight loss.
Happy New Year!
Throughout 2015 we will be celebrating our history through 100 objects that represent Blind Veterans UK and the work that we do.
The first object we are revealing is a very special letter dating from 1916, written by our founder Sir Arthur Pearson.
One of the main aims of our founder, Sir Arthur Pearson, was to build up the confidence of Service men returning blinded from the First World War. As a blind man himself, he wanted to offer the training and support to blinded veterans to ensure that they could lead fulfilling lives and support themselves and their families, with many having successful careers.
In 2003, Billy trained to take on the world record to be the Fastest Blind Man on a Motorbike! He broke the Guinness World Record by 24 mph and was recorded as the fastest blind man on a motorbike travelling at an incredible speed of 165 mph.
Braille typewriters are an early important object in our charity's history as they functioned hand in hand with the charity's aim of teaching independence to veterans with severe vision impairment.