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Donation to help blind servicemen

Blind and visually impaired ex-Servicemen and women received a major boost today thanks to a donation of £100,000 by the RAF Benevolent Fund.

The money will help fund the new St Dunstan’s centre in Craig-y-Don, Llandudno, which will open in autumn 2011.

Sir Robert Wright, Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund, visited the new Centre on 9 June to see the development taking shape and to present Robert Leader, Chief Executive of St Dunstan’s, and James Hill – a St Dunstan’s beneficiary who served with the RAF - with the donation.

The new centre will enable St Dunstan’s – a national charity, to expand its work supporting and rehabilitating ex-Servicemen and women who have served in the Armed Forces, including war blind Service personnel recently injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sir Robert Wright said:

“I am delighted to present this donation. St Dunstan’s does absolutely vital work rehabilitating and training Royal Air Force personnel affected by blindness and visual impairment, and of course supporting their families too. These kinds of partnerships are crucial to our work as the RAF’s leading welfare charity, allowing us to deliver specialist care where it is needed most among serving and former RAF personnel.”

Robert Leader, St Dunstan’s Chief Executive said: 

“St Dunstan’s is honoured to accept this generous donation from the RAF Benevolent Fund for our new rehabilitation and rraining centre in Llandudno. The centre is essential to ensure St Dunstan’s can continue in its mission to enable blind ex-Service personnel to live independent, full lives. 

"This is a wonderful example of service charities working together to ensure that our people receive the help they urgently need to cope with the challenges of blindness and other injuries, especially at a time when men and women are returning from current conflict wounded every day.” 

James Hill, from Maeshafn, North Wales, said:

“As a former air radio mechanic for the RAF and a St Dunstan’s beneficiary, I am delighted that the RAFBF has given such a generous gift to the Llandudno Centre. I am really looking forward to making most of all the centre has to offer when it opens in the autumn.”

Find out more on the St Dunstan’s website.

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