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Nancy's Blind Veterans Walk

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We help blind veterans to discover a life beyond sight loss


East Sussex WW2 blind
veteran to complete 100 lap walking challenge ahead of her 100th
birthday to raise money for Blind Veterans UK

A blind veteran from East Sussex has decided to walk 100 laps on Wednesday 7 July around the garden at Blind Veterans UK’s training and rehabilitation centre in Brighton, in order to raise money for the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.  

Nancy Bowstead, 99 who lives in Brighton, will turn 100 on 18 September this year and has been inspired by Sir Captain Tom’s
fundraising efforts. Nancy says: “I would love to do a fundraising challenge before my 100th birthday. Sir Captain Tom was a great inspiration and I hope that I can raise as much money as he did!”

Nancy joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) in 1941, training at Lancaster and Oswestry. Selected for officer training, she trained at Harrogate and Edinburgh and was commissioned as an officer in 1943. She was then on a gun site in Swansea for the remainder of the
war and was discharged as a Subaltern in 1948.

Nancy lost her sight due to glaucoma but fortunately she found Blind Veterans UK and started to receive support from the charity in 2011. She says: ““I have been a resident at the Brighton for nearly five years. I’ve lived here during lockdown and haven’t been able to see my
family. It’s so important to keep supporting charities especially at the moment and I want to do my bit to get England back on its feet again!”

Last year during the lockdown period, Nancy sadly lost Peter whom she met at the Brighton Centre. In March 2019, Nancy and Peter had a love blessing at the charity’s chapel in Brighton.

The staff at the Brighton centre will decorate the garden ahead of Nancy’s walk with bunting and music will be played to encourage her on her way round. Nancy says: “The garden will be in full bloom in July! I have decided to do 99 smaller circuits of the garden and then
my final lap will be of the whole garden”

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We believe every blind veteran should be able to lead the life they choose. At Blind Veterans UK we’re one, transformational team. We provide rehabilitation, training, practical advice and emotional support. Together we can help rebuild lives.

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