Blind veterans gather in Sheffield to mark charity’s 100th birthday

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More than 40 blind veterans and their guests gathered in Sheffield to celebrate the 100th anniversary of charity Blind Veterans UK.

The charity’s Sheffield centre in Fulwood organised a day of activities for the former servicemen as well as a photography exhibition and high tea to mark the special occasion.

Among those who attended was Colin Green, aged 78, from Barnsley.

He joined the Royal Army Service Corps in 1955 for National Service and served for two years in Cyprus.

Colin started to receive help and support from Blind Veterans UK in 2006 after he lost his sight overnight due to anterior ischemic optic neuropathy, a loss of vision from damage to the optic nerve.

Since he began receiving support, Colin has had IT and cookery training at the Sheffield centre and has also received special equipment including colour detector, print scanner and a liquid level detector to make tea.

Colin said: “Blind Veterans UK has changed my life. Confidence and achievement are the two key words.

“I give talks to new veterans once a fortnight at Blind Veterans UK’s Sheffield Centre because it’s good to hear advice about life after sight loss from someone who’s experienced it themselves.”

He added: “This is a great way for the centre to mark the anniversary and link to the charity’s other centres. My wife and I both enjoyed the day’s festivities together with all the other veterans from our area.”

Sheffield Centre Manager, Terry Heaton, said: “We wanted to mark the anniversary with a special event at the Sheffield centre. Together with staff, volunteers, and veterans we support we had a great day enjoying the photography exhibition, delicious cakes and live entertainment.”