ABF The Soldiers' Charity has given a grant to Deafblind UK in order to allow the charity to continue its great work. A total of £10,000 has been given to Deafblind UK, which supports people across the UK who are living with deafblindness.
The grant given to the charity will help a huge number of individuals across the UK. It will be used to provide activities, clubs and opportunities to socialise for those who suffer from deafblindness.
One person who already benefits from the charity's work is 93-year-old Jim, who is a military veteran. He attends 'Friendly Friday' each month in Peterborough, which is run by Deafblind UK. Through this event, Jim was able to sail a catamaran boat, which is something he has always wanted to do.
Jo Jones, community services manager at Deafblind UK, said: “The generous support of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity will mean so much to Jim and many other deafblind Army veterans who greatly value our bespoke support. We will use the grant to provide volunteer befriending services, social groups - such as Jim’s ‘Friendly Friday’ group in Peterborough - tailored information and advice, and support to use adaptive digital technology. Deafblind UK is proud to be giving back to those who have so greatly served our country.”
There are over 1,000 Deafblind UK members aged 80 and over throughout the country, many of whom have seen active service at some time in their life. Some members actually lost their sight or hearing due to the time they spent in the Armed Forces.
To support those who served in the Forces, Deafblind UK offers a number of different services, which includes things like social groups. These are designed to help veterans share memories of their experiences and to meet like-minded individuals with similar histories.
The money provided by ABF The Soldiers' Charity will make more of these groups possible.
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