Robot to cut celebration cake

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SHEFFIELD-based charity Blind Veterans UK is planning an unusual way to celebrate its anniversary.

A bomb disposal robot is being sent to the organisation’s base on Fulwood Road, Broomhill - where it will cut a cake made by a Sheffield maker.

The celebration next Thursday, February 21, marks a year since the charity - which helps servicemen and women who have lost their sight - changed its name from St Dunstan’s.

A spokeswoman for Blind Veterans UK said: “Blind Veterans UK was founded in 1915, and was called St Dunstan’s until February 21 last year.

“But the new name and identity better describes what the organisation does and who it helps, ensuring its work is better recognised and understood – in turn helping beneficiary and supporter recruitment to secure the charity’s future.

“Among those at Blind Veterans UK’s rehabilitation and training centre in Sheffield are blind and vision-impaired people who have benefited from the life-changing rehabilitation and training that the charity has provided.”

Soldiers from 521 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Squadron of the Royal Logistics Corps are heading to Sheffield from Catterick in North Yorkshire to operate the robot which will cut the cake.

The cake, emblazoned with Blind Veterans UK’s logo, has been baked and decorated by Clifford Cakes from Halfway.

Guests and members of the charity will then enjoy the cake at a tea party in celebration of the first anniversary.

■ Blind Veterans UK is appealing for sponsors and volunteers. Visit or call 0207 723 5021.