Paddle Round the Pier Raft
Paddle Round the Pier is an charity beach and watersports festival held annually in Brighton.
It comprises of many different competition categories and events but its flagship contest is paddling round the pier. The aim is to create a raft and attempt to sail it round Brighton pier, and the more ridiculous the raft, the better.
Due to our long history in Brighton and having a centre located there, in 2013 we had to get involved! Blind veterans Steve Sparks, Scott Wall, Charlie Eastwood and Charlie Parkinson worked on the raft for weeks at the Brighton centre. They were inspired by the centre's design as a Lancaster Bomber and made their raft in the style of a plane. The group sucessfully made it to the finish line without capsizing!
This is a book written by a former staff member and volunteer about the rich history of Blind Veterans UK.
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.