Blind Veterans UK Rehabilitation Apartment Receives Grant

The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has awarded a grant of £100,000 to Blind Veterans UK, to help refurbish disused outbuildings at Llandudno Rehabilitation and Training Centre. The buildings are being turned into residential units, where the charity will deliver tailored training programmes to young, blind or limbless veterans at risk of homelessness. They will focus on ensuring veterans can live as independently as possible.

Chief Executive of Blind Veterans UK, Major General (Rtd) Nick Caplin CB, said: “I would like to thank The Freemasons’ Grand Charity for this fantastic £100,000 grant towards our Life Skills for Independent Living project in Llandudno. We are delighted to receive their support for what will be an ambitious new unit providing the most vulnerable ex-Service men and women specialised training to manage independent lives despite sight loss. We are proud that one of these buildings will display the Freemasons’ Grand Charity name. Blind Veterans UK is currently supporting more veterans than ever before in the charity’s history and projects like this one will ensure that we are able to continue to grow and support veterans into our second century.”

Billy Baxter, a former Staff Sergeant, who lost his sight in 1997 while serving in Bosnia, benefitted greatly from his time at one of Blind Veterans UK’s training and rehabilitation centres. He is now a Rehabilitation Training Liaison Officer for the charity and will be playing a key role in its new Life Skills for Independent Living programme at Llandudno.

Billy says: “I never thought that I would be able to work again, so when I got the job at Blind Veterans UK’s Llandudno Centre I couldn’t believe it. It is so fantastic, I’m so happy now.”

R.W. Bro. Ieuan Redvers Jones, Provincial Grand Master of North Wales, said: “For veterans who have lost their sight, it can feel as though life is not worth living. Unsurprisingly, many slide into desperation and can fall victim to extreme hardships. Blind Veterans UK provides incredible support and, most importantly, helps restore hope to these individuals. We are delighted to give a grant to this charity, which has a long history in helping blind veterans maintain their independence as much as possible.”

Blind Veterans UK Rehabilitation Apartment Receives Grant

The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has awarded a grant of £100,000 to Blind Veterans UK, to help refurbish disused outbuildings at Llandudno Rehabilitation and Training Centre. The buildings are being turned into residential units, where the charity will deliver tailored training programmes to young, blind or limbless veterans at risk of homelessness. They will focus on ensuring veterans can live as independently as possible.

Chief Executive of Blind Veterans UK, Major General (Rtd) Nick Caplin CB, said: “I would like to thank The Freemasons’ Grand Charity for this fantastic £100,000 grant towards our Life Skills for Independent Living project in Llandudno. We are delighted to receive their support for what will be an ambitious new unit providing the most vulnerable ex-Service men and women specialised training to manage independent lives despite sight loss. We are proud that one of these buildings will display the Freemasons’ Grand Charity name. Blind Veterans UK is currently supporting more veterans than ever before in the charity’s history and projects like this one will ensure that we are able to continue to grow and support veterans into our second century.”

Billy Baxter, a former Staff Sergeant, who lost his sight in 1997 while serving in Bosnia, benefitted greatly from his time at one of Blind Veterans UK’s training and rehabilitation centres. He is now a Rehabilitation Training Liaison Officer for the charity and will be playing a key role in its new Life Skills for Independent Living programme at Llandudno.

Billy says: “I never thought that I would be able to work again, so when I got the job at Blind Veterans UK’s Llandudno Centre I couldn’t believe it. It is so fantastic, I’m so happy now.”

R.W. Bro. Ieuan Redvers Jones, Provincial Grand Master of North Wales, said: “For veterans who have lost their sight, it can feel as though life is not worth living. Unsurprisingly, many slide into desperation and can fall victim to extreme hardships. Blind Veterans UK provides incredible support and, most importantly, helps restore hope to these individuals. We are delighted to give a grant to this charity, which has a long history in helping blind veterans maintain their independence as much as possible.”

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