Scottish War Blinded member Bill Mackie delivers presentation to Clackmannanshire Woman's Guild

Posted: 13/01/2016 | Scottish War Blinded

Scottish War Blinded member Bill Mackie visited Clackmannanshire Women’s Guild on Monday 11 November 2016.

Bill delivered a highly engaging and humorous presentation which included anecdotes from his career in the Armed Forces, civilian life as well as living with a visual impairment.

Following service in the Royal Navy, Royal Signals and Royal Army Pay Corps, Bill attained a Doctor of Divinity and Doctor of Theology and described his work as a chaplain as well as highlighting the importance of women’s work in the church.

Bill also described his experiences as a Scottish War Blinded member, as a result of experiencing sight loss, in subsequent later life as well as demonstrated how to use specialist equipment including magnifiers, anti-glare glasses, a talking watch and long cane.

Margaret McPhee, a member of Clackmannanshire Women’s Guild for 42 years, delivered a word of thanks to Bill on behalf of the membership.

Mrs McPhee said:

“I thought Bill’s presentation was excellent. Humour is very important and greatly helps in conveying what someone is trying to say. Bill has clearly led a full and interesting life which we enjoyed learning about as well as his experiences as a member of Scottish War Blinded.”

Scottish War Blinded provides free support to veterans of the armed forces who have a visual impairment sustained either in conflict or subsequently to their service. We support ex-service men and women who have served in the Armed Forces, including Reserves, Queen Alexandra Nursing Corps and National Service.

If you or someone you know could benefit from Scottish War Blinded’s activities, call us free today on 0800 035 6409 or visit