Brian's story

National Service veteran Brian Taylor speaks about his struggle with age-related sight loss
National Service veteran Brian Taylor speaks about his struggle with age-related sight loss

 

 

National Service veteran Brian Taylor speaks about his struggle with age-related sight loss

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 enjoyed.
 
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 their sight.
 
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 7979.

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