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Military charity benefits from £5k donation by UK Healthcare

Health cash plan provider UK Healthcare has donated £5,000 to Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women.

In addition to providing personal and corporate health cash plans for as little as £1 a week, UK Healthcare donates thousands to various health related charities every year. This is the company’s first donation to Blind Veterans UK.

The charitable organisation is celebrating its centenary throughout 2015 and is marking the occasion with more than 100 commemorative events across the country including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the charity’s three centres (in Brighton, Llandudno and Sheffield. Founded in 1915, Blind Veterans UK was originally set up to support soldiers who were blinded during World War I. Since then, the organisation has helped more than 35,000 blind veterans and their families, from WWII to recent conflicts like Iraq and Afghanistan.

Blind Veterans UK provides much needed training, rehabilitation, equipment and support to blind and vision impaired veterans, no matter when they served or how they lost their sight.

All of these services are provided free of charge, but the charity relies upon the generosity of the general public and organisations like UK Healthcare in order to provide them.

The donation from the UKH foundation will be put towards welfare support for blind veterans in Lancashire. The charity’s regional team of Welfare Officers is there for a beneficiary on every step of their journey and for the rest of their lives. Blind Veterans UK’s Welfare Officers are typically qualified social workers, with extensive experience. They are responsible for assessing, monitoring, and overseeing the needs of each of our beneficiaries, the majority of whom still live independently.

David Bassom from Blind Veterans UK, said: “We are extremely grateful to UK Healthcare for their support and we are looking forward to making the most of this fantastic donation.

“As we celebrate our centenary, we look back on a lot of success in helping thousands of blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women to live as independently as possible. This is critical time for our Charity as we are increasing the number of blind veterans we support; in the past year, more blind veterans have registered for our help than ever before in the Charity’s history and this trend is set to continue.”

“No one who has served their country should battle blindness alone and if readers know anybody who served in the Armed Forces or did National Service and is now suffering severe sight problems, we hope they will get in touch”.

Blind Veterans UK could provide blind or partially sighted veterans, and their families, with a lifetime of practical and emotional support, For more information, call 0800 389 7979 or visit http://www.noonealone.org.uk.

To find out more about health cash plans, which allow plan holders to claim back cash on a variety of medical services, up to generous policy limits, visit http://ukhealthcare.org.uk.

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