The charity Blind Veterans is calling on organizations in Doncaster to sponsor local memorial services

Blind Veterans UK is appealing for sponsorship which will enable services at Askern War Memorial and Burghwallis War Memorial on 11 November to include blind veterans in their remembrance.

The money will also fund Blind Veterans UK services, which include emotional support, funding for equipment and helping veterans to rebuild their lives after sight loss, whenever and however they lost their sight.

Over the past year, the charity has worked with over 4,200 blind veterans.

An old Doncaster Remembrance Service and Parade at Bennetthorpe War Memorial. Photo by Steve Ellis

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Colin Williamson, a blind veteran who is also chairman of Blind Veterans UK, said: ‘On Remembrance Sunday we help our veterans make the journey to parade past the Cenotaph in London, but many have chosen to mark the occasion by taking part in events in their region, surrounded by their loved ones and local veterans.

He continued, “We are providing wreaths to these veterans so they too can take an active role in remembrance.”

Organizations that sponsor a wreath will have their name or logo on the wreath and their contact details published on the Blind Veterans UK online sponsorship page.

If you or someone you know has served in the armed forces and is now struggling with vision loss, find out at blindveterans.org.uk/support or call 0800 389 7979.

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