Hastings Senior Men’s Forum

On March 17 we had a talk from Simon Brown on the Blind Veterans Association.

The association was formed 100years ago in 1915 by Arthur Preston a wealthy man who wished to do something for the wounded troops who came back from the front. From friends he was given a large house in Regent’s Park called St Dunstans in which to house and train blind patients on how to live again and face the world.

Simon joined the Army as a young man and went into the R.E.M.E. While serving in one of the war zones he was shot by a sniper in the face with devastating results, airlifted to the military hospital in Birmingham with his left eye blinded and his right eye with only 25 per cent vision.

St Dunstans helped him back to life and he went on to train as a teacher and also help young offenders. He is now an ambassador for this association giving talks all over the country about the work and help the Association can give to any veteran who may need their help.

Simon proved to us all what an inspiration he is and we were all won over by his dedication to helping blind veterans.