The Liberation of Holland Memorial
The memorial that signifies the strong friendship between United Kingdom and Holland.
The strong tie of friendship between the United Kingdom and Holland was honoured in 1996 by a statue that sits in our Brighton centre. The statue was a gift from the Federation, Combat Stress of Eindhoven, Holland, and was presented as a gesture of gratitude for the liberation of their country by the Allies in 1945.
The project began in January 1995 when Combat Stress approached Blind Veterans UK, then St Dunstan's, expressing the wish to donate a memorial to the events of 1945 in recognition of those that couldn't attend the 50th anniversary commemorations in Holland.
Trevor Roberts, a local wood carver, suggested the medium and blind veteran Ray Sheriff recommended the theme. The result was a six foot high statue which represents a British Tommy and a Dutch Resistance woman extending a hand towards each other.
The statue also bears a plaque in both print and braille that reads;
'To those who could
not join us in the
commemoration of the
fiftieth anniversary of the
liberation of Holland
Thank you liberators
From the people
2013 saw the arrival of bees at our Llandudno centre. However, this is not the first time that Blind Veterans UK has been involved with bees.
The glass was originally placed in the chapel at our centre at West House, Brighton, and was later transferred to the new chapel where it remains today.
The only Victoria Cross awarded to a blind veteran.
A memorial tribute to our founder, Sir Arthur Pearson.
Over one hundred blind veterans from the First World War were trained to become telephone operators.
Blind veteran, Ted Miller, from Leamington Spa, had his stunning doll houses featured on BBC Television.
The history of joinery and carpentry at St Dunstan's.
Dancing was a not only a form of excercise for the blind veterans but was also the most popular indoor recreation at St Dunstan's.
Blind veteran sets up his own business repairing boots and making clogs.
A celebratory concert in honour of St Dunstan's After Care work.
A plaque to mark the strong relationship between the town of Church Stretton and St Dunstan's.
A beautiful sculpture presented to the owners of St Dunstan's Lodge by Sir Arthur Pearson.
Blind veteran Maria Pikulski completes a wing walk.
A memorial commemorating Blind Veterans UK Chairman, Lord Ian Fraser.