100 years ago today WWI blinded veteran Frank G Braithwaite landed at Southampton onbard the SS Britannia. This is his account of his time in the Dardanelles.
My Time in the Dardanelles. By Frank G Braithwaite. Late Royal Engineers. Saturday, June 19th, 1915, at midnight, the 136th Fortress Company Royal Engineers, to which I had the honour to belong left Buxton for the Dardanelles. There was a great crowd to see us off, and I saw some awfully funny and pathetic sights.… Read More »
A sporty group of Navy sailors have raised an incredible £2,500 for Blind Veterans UK after comp leting the Bahrain half marathon. The group of twenty sailors from HMS Ramsey ran the Bahrain half marathon in the searing heat to raise money for our charity. One of the group members Emma Whitty decided to take… Read More »
Blind veteran Matthew Cecil Rhodes has one of his paintings featured at Headley Court, the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre for veterans. He says that his painting has been selected to show other veterans what they can achieve with their injuries. The painting is inspirational in two ways: the artist Matt Rhodes is a veteran himself… Read More »
It’s been animal crazy this week in Brighton. Pet Pals have brought miniature chickens to our centre, to spend the day with a group of blind veterans. Animals themselves are thought to have many therapeutic qualities including lowering stress levels, combating depression, improving socialisation memory and recall. For our blind and vision impaired veterans… Read More »
As we celebrate the 75th anniversary year of the Brighton centre it was appropriate that Joan Osborne was asked by centre manager Lesley Garven to turn the lights on. Joan has known Blind Veterans UK her entire life and as a young girl she spent the Christmas of 1938 at the centre with her family,… Read More »