Centenary celebration for veterans’ charity

SUPPORT: Navy veteran Norman Wintrip celebrates Blind Veterans UK's centenary

SUPPORT: Navy veteran Norman Wintrip celebrates Blind Veterans UK's centenary

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A Hartlepool veteran was invited to celebrate the centenary of a charity that offered him vital support.

Norman Wintrip, 83, reunited with several other veterans to celebrate Blind Veterans UK’s 100 years of service to visually-impaired ex-service men and women.

After losing his sight due to age-related macular degeneration, Norman received help from the charity in the form of equipment such as a CCTV, an electronic reading device that magnifies text and images onto a large screen.

Norman said: “I found myself getting a bit depressed, everyone does, but thankfully I managed to get out of that.

“They’ve always suggested different courses I might take, and I’d be lost without the CCTV now.”

Norman has now visited the charity’s Sheffield Centre three times for courses and training to help him live independently, such as cooking and using knives.

He added: “They come to the door to pick you up and take you back, it makes a big difference and takes the anxiety out of travelling.”

Norman served in the Royal Navy from 1948 until 1956, specialising in aircraft handling, and he served aboard HMS Perseus, the first aircraft carrier to test the steam-powered catapult.

For more information, visit www.noonealone.org.uk