For 100 years we have been supported by dedicated volunteers.
This volunteer certificate is from 1920s, when Blind Veterans UK was based at St Dunstan's Lodge in Regent's Park. It applauds the fantastic work done by volunteers to care for and support ex-Service men and women blinded in WWI.
At this time we had volunteers assisting us in many capacities. Volunteers from the National Library for the Blind came to Blind Veterans UK to teach braille. Back then this was an essential skill for the blind before the invention of the various reading technologies we have today. As well as education volunteers, we had others who would assist in the sporting activities such as rowing on the lake. We also had very dedicated volunteers who would devote an hour of their time early in the morning before going on to work.
As well as these volunteers, we also had vital support from VAD nurses (voluntary aid detachement) who would help out with all aspects of care for the blind veterans living at St Dunstan's Lodge. Ian Fraser, our chairman at this time writes about his fond memories of the voluntary aid received by Blind Veterans UK.
Click here to view the volunteer certificate in more detail.
A tray made by blind veterans during WWII and embellished by Japanese Fighter Pilot Harry O'Hara
Reunions have always been an important part of the support we offer to blind veterans
100k walk medals from 1923 to 2015
Our oldest veteran to have ever lived had a bus named in his honour in Brighton and Hove
Our famous London to Brighton 100k walk has been a Blind Veterans UK tradition since 1923.
Braille printers are revolutionary pieces of technology that allow texts to be translated into Braille.
Screen reading software both magnifies and read texts to allow blind veterans to read on their computer, use the internet, send emails and magnify documents and letters.
Ann Quin was a Sussex novelist who worked for Blind Veterans UK as a short-hand typist
Being able to tell the time without sight is an important step towards independence for the blind.
"If people want to hear music - music with a large capital "M" - let them come to St Dunstan's some day.." The Review, 1917
A signed address by Helen Keller from the World Conference on Work for the Blind. This address was given to Ian Fraser, our chairman at the time who was in attendance at the conference.
Fundraising has always been vital to the work of Blind Veterans UK.
During WWI, we sold postcards to raise money to continue our services for blind veterans.
Our centre in Brighton is more than 75 years old and was the first purpose-built rehabilitation centre for the blind.
The Old Bill Fraternity was a subscription scheme for products made by blind veterans.
The winged victory is a sculpture above the chapel at our centre in Brighton.
Sink the Bismarck is a 1960s black & white war film about the chase and sinking of the German battle ship the Bismarck.