The military charity Blind Veterans UK opened the doors of its iconic Llandudno Centre to members of the general public last weekend for a Birthday Brew Up…

To mark the 8th successful year that the centre has been open, Blind Veterans UK offered the unique opportunity for the public to discover for themselves the difference that they have been making.

Attendees had the chance to explore a Rehabilitation Officer Visual Impairment room filled with Visual Impairment assistance equipment. They also learned how to send an email using state of the art voice over software in the IT Training Room, as well as tryiing their hands at basic everyday tasks under blindfold. Members of the Llandudno & Colwyn Bay Marksmen Club were also on hand for those wishing to try Visual Impairment rifle shooting.

With free admission on the day for all and welcomed donations to support the work, the public were able to speak with team members and blind veterans from the local area to discover more about the exciting activities on offer and how sight loss should not be a barrier to any activity – from water sports to driving, arts and crafts to archery!

Speaking about the event, Victoria Beech, Community and Events Fundraising Manager Wales, said: “Over the last 8 years we have grown to feel part of the local community and love an opportunity to open our doors and invite our neighbours and supporters to come and see how vital the work we do is in terms of changing veteran’s lives.

“At the end of the day without the support of our community – whether in the form of donations or the provision of activities for our veterans – we are unable to provide the support, rehabilitation, experiences and equipment we do that enables our veterans to lead independent and fulfilling lives.”

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