Scottish War Blinded Blog

Read about the wide range of experiences enjoyed by Scottish War Blinded members as well as events, news and community projects.

Veteran retraces his footsteps along the Forth Bridge

Group of people in high viz jackets at the forth bridge

Living in South Queensferry for the vast majority of his life, Scottish War Blinded veteran Derek Marland has been well acquainted with the view of the iconic bridges which cross the Firth of the Forth, connecting Edinburgh to Fife. However, in 1957 Derek experienced a view only a handful of others have had the pleasure of enjoying. 

 

Posted: 03/08/2018 | Scottish War Blinded

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Spotlight on Charles Bonnet Syndrome

Spotlight on Charles Bonnet Syndrome

Charles Bonnet syndrome (CBS) is a very common condition following sight loss yet is little talked of, and can often cause frightening symptoms.

Posted: 09/07/2018 | Scottish War Blinded

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Macular Week: Member Story, George Heenan

George sits in a wooden shelter on a bench wearing antiglare glasses.

To mark Macular Week, an awareness week run by Macular Society, we spoke to Scottish War Blinded veteran George Heenan about his life experiences and how his life has been impacted since beginning to lose his sight to macular degeneration.

Posted: 28/06/2018 | Scottish War Blinded

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Forth Rail Bridge Abseil: How I took on my fear of heights to raise money for Royal Blind

Caitlin and Garry stand side by side

By Caitlin Gould

I’ve always been a believer that when it comes to fundraising you should do something out of your comfort zone. That’s why I decided to take on my fear of heights by completing a 165ft abseil from the Forth Bridge.

Posted: 19/06/2018 | Scottish War Blinded

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum exhibits emotive World War One display

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum exhibits emotive World War One display

Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum has launched what is described as an 'emotive' World War One display, centred around the works of artist Frank Brangwyn.

Posted: 14/06/2018 | Scottish War Blinded

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You've got a friend in Scottish War Blinded: Special benches donated to local school

You've got a friend in Scottish War Blinded: Special benches donated to local school

A young pupil from Woodburn Primary School, Alix Renwick has unveiled brand new "friendship benches" produced by Scottish War Blinded Veterans.

Posted: 18/05/2018 | Scottish War Blinded

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World War Two veteran marks centenary of his former training ground

Gordon stands beside a Drem Airfield interpretation board

A Scottish War Blinded member who was stationed at Drem Airfield during the Second World War has returned to the site after nearly 80 years.

Now Gordon Mills, aged 96, has shared his memories of his time at the training depot in East Lothian.

Posted: 16/05/2018 | Scottish War Blinded

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Exciting new acoustic shooting technology trialed by Scottish War Blinded veterans

Tim assists Ken with new LED acoustic shooting sight.

Exciting new technology introduced to Scottish War Blinded by the National Small-bore Riffle Association.

Posted: 14/05/2018 | Scottish War Blinded

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From one veteran to another: West Lothian hairdresser volunteers her time to Scottish War Blinded

From one veteran to another: West Lothian hairdresser volunteers her time to Scottish War Blinded

Having previously served in the Army Reserves for over four years and an avid fundraiser for local charities, West Lothian hairdresser Gemma Nicol is no stranger to the Armed Forces or charitable giving.

Posted: 03/05/2018 | Scottish War Blinded

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Scottish War Blinded veteran restores archery stand to former glory as a donation to the charity

James Gregson (left) shakes hands with Rab Harvey (right).

National Service veteran, Robert Harvey (McRab) has lived a very active and particularly sporty life as an ex-professional footballer and sports coach. Having coached over 14 different sports to a professional and international level in his career, McRab now at the age of 86 is determined to keep sport at the heart of what he does.

Posted: 19/04/2018 | Scottish War Blinded

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