Brian Taylor of Peacehaven, East Sussex, was born in Brighton in
1933 and joined the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) for National
Service in February 1954. Based in Germany, he worked as a driver
for the Commanding Officer, an experience he thoroughly
Brian says: "Doing National Service was a great experience; I made
a great many friends, one of whom I remained friends with for many
years, until he died just three years ago. Being the driver to the
Commanding Officer took me to very interesting places, such as the
Hanover Opera and various parties."
Unfortunately Brian lost his sight as a result of suffering from
Age Related Macular Degeneration. As a veteran, he was able to
receive the support of national charity Blind Veterans UK, which supports
blind veterans regardless of when they served or how they lost
Brian says: "Being a part of Blind Veterans UK has changed my
life. When I lost my sight I became depressed, but ever since
recieving support from Blind Veterans UK I have been able to try
things I would never have tried otherwise, and meet people I would
never have had the chance to meet.
"For example I was always nervous about trying boules, but now I
play it regularly with the other blind veterans at Blind Veterans
UK's Brighton centre. I had
always wanted to try rifle
shooting, and through the charity I have been able to. I am now
a member of the charity's Gun Club which has gone very well and
been a lot of fun. In the time I have been there I have won four or
five gold medals in different competitions. Through the charity I
have been able to try mosaic making -
something I would never had imagined I would be able to do without
my sight, but now can do. It is brilliant".
We launched the No One Alone campaign to reach out to more
people like Brian. It is estimated that there are 68,000 plus blind
veterans who could be eligible for our help but are unaware of it.
If you know someone who served in the Armed Forces or National
Service who now suffers with sight loss (including age-related
sight loss) request our free support by calling 0800 389
Thea Davies met blind veteran Shaun Stocker through fallen soldier Captain Stephen Healey.
Give a blind veteran an independent future