Story

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Afghanistan July 2010. I lost my sight in a bomb blast so powerful it blew my helmet apart.

 

It was early one July morning in Helmand Province, Afghanistan when I took a step that was to change my life forever.

 

My surveillance party walked right into a booby trap. The improvised explosive device, or IED, exploded, killing my friend Sam instantly, and horribly wounding myself.

 

Several weeks later I woke up in a hospital bed in Selly Oak to be told I had lost one eye and was blinded in the other. At just 22 years old, my life as a special surveillance observer in the British Army was over.

 

Having never heard of Blind Veterans UK before the incident, I was surprised when I was visited by a representative from the charity in hospital. A few weeks later, I was invited to the charity’s Ovingdean Centre in Brighton for a two day assessment where I was subsequently told that I was eligible for support from the charity. Since joining the charity as a beneficiary I feel that I have been able to get used to the world again.

 

I knew after the incident that my career in the forces was over. However, Blind Veterans UK has provided me with all the support I need to get my independence back. Probably the biggest breakthrough I have been able to achieve so far, is being able to go to the shops unassisted. With the use of practical equipment like a cane, I have been able to do the things I probably took for granted before.

 

As well as supporting my mobility by providing me with Rehabilitation Officer, Blind Veterans UK has also provided me with specialist equipment so that I can develop his IT skills and stay in touch with friends.

 

I am running the London Virgin Marathon to give something back to the charity who have helped me so much.

 

Blind Veteran’s UK provides life long support for ex-Service men and Women who have lost their sight, whether it be during active service, or suffered vision problems later on in life.  Please visit Blind Veterans UK website for more information about this charity www.blindveterans.org.uk

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Raising money for

Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan's)

Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan's)

Charity Registration No. 216227

We give blind veterans much-needed support to adjust to sight loss, overcome the challenges of blindness and enjoy daily life. Our charity has been offering physical and emotional support to vision-impaired members of our military since 1915.

Donations 171

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Well done Rob! Best wishes for the future! Kremena ( a colleague of your mum and Louise )

Donation by Kremena Lee on 16/05/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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What a role model to us all! Congratulations.

Donation by SHELAGH KEEGAN on 09/05/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by alison on 02/05/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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From all the Hutchinson family. Respect! x

Donation by Sonia Gannon on 02/05/12

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Carol Hayward on 01/05/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Well done - it is a fantastic achievement

Donation by Judy Harrington on 01/05/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Well done

Donation by Gerry & Betty (Orwell) on 01/05/12

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Well done

Donation by Mo & Colin (Orwell) on 01/05/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Well done Robert! We are all immensely proud of you.

Donation by surya on 01/05/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Well Done :) Big Hugs

Donation by Nicola Griffiths on 30/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good work boys!

Donation by Sam Heaton on 27/04/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Well done Rob - you're a true inspiration! Best wishes.

Donation by Karen Oliver (LRC/GCC) on 27/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Congratulations Rob you did amazingly well, and did yourself proud.. Lots of Love x x

Donation by Lorna Hunter on 26/04/12

£15.00

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Well done Rob! What an achievement. Very best wishes to you and love

Donation by Jean Hall on 26/04/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Well Done dude,

Donation by Will & Kim Ramsden on 25/04/12

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Donation by keef davenport on 25/04/12

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

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Many congrats on your wonderful achievement, Rob. Wishing you the best of luck for the future. A ballet friend of your dad's. xx

Donation by Simonetta Dixon on 25/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Hello Rob, Mary and me are part of your extended family:Bert was a close cousin. You have our deep respect and we wish you well for the future.David.

Donation by Anonymous on 25/04/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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well done mate

Donation by alex beales on 24/04/12

£10.00

Donation by Amanda Dade on 24/04/12

£40.00

+ £10.00 Gift Aid

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Great inspiration for others !!! Well done !!

Donation by Shariff Bajada on 24/04/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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What an inspiration!! Many congratulations Rob!! (colleague of your Mum and Louise)

Donation by catherine on 23/04/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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All the best! (Lou's friend Sadie)

Donation by sadie visick on 23/04/12

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Well done my little hero, love you. Nan xx

Donation by Joan Scott on 23/04/12

£60.00

+ £15.00 Gift Aid

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Read about your story in the Sunday Telegraph. Well done on your achievement. Wishing you all the best for the future.

Donation by Anonymous on 23/04/12

£15.00

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£3,941.38
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£3,941.38
  • Gift Aid£903.85

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