Countess of Wessex opens new Llandudno facility supporting Blind Veterans


James Wilde

A new facility supporting blind veterans was opened by The Countess of Wessex.

Built in partnership between Blind Veterans UK and Blesma, The Military Charity for Limbless Veterans, after a £1.25 million grant received from the Veterans Accommodation Fund, the building in Llandudno will provide rehabilitation to support people to live independently.

It will also support veterans at risk of becoming homeless enabling them to stay in the accommodation for up to six months.

This was Sophie Wessex’s first act as the new patron of Blind Veterans UK, she became the military charity’s patron after The Queen stepped down as patron of a number of charities.

Chief Executive of Blind Veterans UK, Major General (Rtd) Nick Caplin, said: “This fantastic new building, and our rehabilitation team, will offer specialist bespoke life skills programmes which focus on mental wellbeing, career options, communication skills and health and fitness promotion.

“It is an honour for all of us in the Blind Veterans UK family to welcome Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex as our patron.”

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