To mark the 75th anniversary of Blind Veterans UK’s rehabilitation, training and care centre in Brighton, the building has undergone some dramatic changes for two nights only!
As ITV Meridian mentioned this morning, our iconic building set up on a hill in Ovingdean will be spectacularly lit for two days, from 25 to the 26 October with bright searchlights. The display will fire out red, blue and white lights from the glass windows to draw attention to the building and flag up the Blind Veterans UK colours.
Long-standing volunteer at Blind Veterans UK, Joan Osborne, will be switching on the lights. Joan has a lifetime of connections with the building and the charity. Her father was a war blinded veteran of the First World War and she married a blind veteran; World War Two veteran Bob Osborne. She has continued to run the Brighton Club, a group that offers entertainment for blind veterans in house, including a weekly Wednesday dominos club and an annual bowls week.
The Ovingdean centre has been a key part of Blind Veterans UK’s work since 1938, when the charity was known as St. Dunstan’s. In that time, it has offered comprehensive support for thousands of blind veterans. Thousands of veterans travel from all over the country each year to receive life changing support from Blind Veterans UK in Brighton. We are proud of the quality of our services, and we want to celebrate with the wider community all that we achieve through this spectacular light display.
To attend the display, visit Blind Veterans UK, Greenways, Ovingdean, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 7BS from 6pm onwards on Saturday 26 October.
If you know of someone who Served in the Armed Forces, including for National Service, and is suffering with sight loss, Blind Veterans UK is there for them. We offer respite, residential and nursing care, as well as a ‘home away from home’ for holidays at our three centre’s in Brighton, Llandudno and Sheffield. As well as helping with fitness and mobility, we give veterans with sight loss the skills they need to live an independent life. Call 0800 389 7979 to request free support.