Blind veteran’s pride at Buckingham Palace visit

David and Adele Yeomans at Buckingham Palace supporting Blind Veterans UK. SUS-150906-160222001
David and Adele Yeomans at Buckingham Palace supporting Blind Veterans UK. SUS-150906-160222001

A blind veteran who has received vital support from Blind Veterans UK celebrated the centenary of the charity at a special Buckingham Palace Garden party last week.

David Yeomans visited the palace last Thursday (June 4) with more than 1,000 other veterans to mark the military charity’s milestone.

David joined the Royal Air Force in 1953 and served in the RAF Police as a Leading Aircraftman Acting Corporal in the UK and in Singapore. His job included arresting AWOL airmen and providing armed escorts. He also flew in a US B-17 Flying Fortress and an Australian Lancaster Bomber.

He left Singapore on the Empire Fowey, a troop ship, for his journey home to the UK. This turned into an epic nine-week voyage, during which the ship was forced to detour by the Suez Crisis and was quarantined with Asian flu. He was medically discharged from the RAF in 1959.

David began receiving help and support from Blind Veterans UK last year. He lost his sight due to diabetic retinopathy. He lost his driving licence and had to give up hobbies.

The 79-year-old from Heathfield said: “I loved to broadcast for community and hospital radio but I had to pack that in because I couldn’t see to operate the controls on the desk and read the CD titles.”

Blind Veterans UK has given David special filter glasses to block out glare and a computer program that magnifies the screen. He cannot see colours well, and has received a colour reader to help him pick clothes from his wardrobe.

David will be abseiling down the Grand Hotel in Brighton on July 14 to raise money for Blind Veterans UK. He has already raised £734.

He added:“I was very proud and pleased to have been there. It was a fabulous day and we couldn’t have wished for better weather.”

Visit www.blindveterans.org.uk for more information.