Mick Dawson Served with the Royal Marines between 1980 and 1991 and is a Falklands Conﬂict Veteran. He’s about to row the Paciﬁc Ocean with his fellow Veteran, Steve Sparkes, who is blind.
Blind veteran Billy has been nominated for a prestigious Soldiering On Award for his work with Blind Veterans UK. As well as receiving his own support from Blind Veterans UK, Billy is the charity’s Rehabilitation and Liaison Officer in the training and rehabilitation centre in Llandudno. His role sees him mentor and motivate their beneficiaries.
Blind Veterans UK held its annual Founder’s Day Awards this week with blind veterans honoured for a variety of special achievements. One of the winners was 93-year-old Eddie who was recognised for his outstanding work as an ambassador for Blind Veterans UK over the last year. He was nominated for the award by one of the charity’s community support workers Lorraine for his “unlimited enthusiasm and willingness to help Blind Veterans UK encourage others to receive support from the charity.”
Three military charities are coming together to relaunch the D-Day 44 Challenge, an event first run by Lt Col Mike McErlain, a serving Army surgeon who changed the lives of many injured service personnel for the better.
Mike, his wife Jo and his brother-in-law Giles Barnes set up the run in 2009 but tragically Mike collapsed and died while doing the run himself in 2013. Now with Jo’s blessing the event returns in 2018, the 74th anniversary of the D-Day landings, to continue its important fundraising work, with the three chosen charities being Blesma, The Limbless Veterans, Blind Veterans UK and Combat Stress.