The importance of time
The St Dunstan's Clock is a very special addition to the Story of Blind Veterans UK in 100 Objects, as the clock was the centrepiece of St Dunstan's Lodge - the site of our early training and rehabilitation centre, and source of our previous name, St Dunstan's.
We moved to St Dunstan's Lodge on 26 March 1915 - exactly 100 years today. Here we helped veterans blinded in World War I learn new skills such as massage (physiotherapy), shorthand typing, telephone operating, poultry farming, carpentry, basket and mat making and shoe and boot repairing. They gained all the skills they needed to live independently.
The clock at St Dunstan's lodge has an exciting history, itself, being scorched in the Fire of London and re-built again by an inventor. The clock has been a big part of London's history too. You can read all about it here.
After moving into St Dunstan's lodge our charity decided to call itself St Dunstan's - and we used this name up until 2012 when we became known what we are today Blind Veterans UK. Now, every year on the 26th March we celebrate the Founders Day with an awards ceremony to celebrate Sir Arthur Pearson and his success at rebuilding his life and the lives of many others after sight loss.
Click here to read more about the Ted Higgs Trophy which was featured earlier this week and is part of our Founders Day Awards and our latest 100 object.
If you know anyone who may be eligible for our support, please do not hesitate to contact Blind Veterans UK on 0800 389 7979 or visit our No One Alone website for more information.
The Blind Veterans UK branded taxi has been with us for over 17 years and taken veterans, staff and supporters on many important journeys during its time.
Every year, Blind Veterans UK holds a ceremony called the 'Founders Day Awards' where veterans with severe sight loss who've made an outstanding achievement during the year are awarded recognition for their efforts. The date of the awards is particularly significant as on the 26 March 1915, 16 blinded soldiers entered the training centre in Regents Park, London, so they are held on that day every year.