A blind veteran from Peterborough will march with other blind veterans to the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday for Blind Veterans UK.
Peter Price, (66), will join more than 100 other representatives of Blind Veterans UK, which this year celebrates its 100 years of service to vision impaired ex-Service men and women.
Peter joined the Army in 1964 where he served in the Royal Army Service Corps. He was later transferred to the Royal Army Ordnance Corps where he worked in different roles including shorthand writer and interpreter. He served in the UK, Germany, Middle East and Northern Ireland and left the Army in 1972.
After he left the Army, Peter worked in Germany for four years before returning to the UK.
Peter noticed he was starting to lose his sight while he was driving and was registered as partially sighted in 2004. He suffers from cone dystrophy which progressed and in 2010 he was registered as severely vision-impaired.
It was in 2010 Peter contacted Blind Veterans UK after a fellow veteran supported by the charity persuaded him.
Peter says: “I knew of the charity as my grandfather who was blinded in the First World War was supported by Blind Veterans UK, or St Dunstan’s as it was then. I didn’t feel like I deserved the support of the charity at the time but I’m so happy I got in touch with them.”
Peter has received training from Blind Veterans UK to support him to live independently with sight loss. It was through the charity that Peter got into blind archery and last August he won a silver medal for Great Britain in the World Archery Para Championships.
Peter says: “Blind Veterans UK has kept me alive, without them I wouldn’t be doing everything I am doing now. Their support has changed me as a person. I used to stay at home quite a bit but now I have so many things going on I am hardly home.”
Peter will be marching for the fourth time to the Cenotaph and will march together with more than 100 other blind veterans on Remembrance Sunday for Blind Veterans UK.
Peter says: “It is an honour and a privilege to march with Blind Veterans UK, without them I wouldn’t have the opportunity to remember those who sacrificed so much for us. It’s an emotional journey but something I have to do as they deserve to be remembered.”
Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan’s) was founded in 1915 and the charity’s initial purpose was to help and support soldiers blinded in World War I. But the organisation has gone on to support more than 35,000 blind veterans and their families, spanning World War II to recent conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan.
For 100 years, the charity has been providing vital free training, rehabilitation, equipment and emotional support to blind and vision impaired veterans no matter when they served or how they lost their sight.