In 2015, as Blind Veterans UK celebrated 100 years of enabling ex-Service men and women to discover a life beyond sight loss, Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund awarded a grant of £200,000 to support their flagship Life Skills for Independent Living project.

Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund was the second largest donor after the Ministry of Defence in supporting the construction and refurbishment of a new rehabilitation and training centre in Llandudno. The centre was opened today, Tuesday 28 February, by Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex GCVO.

The project provides life skills rehabilitation and training to vulnerable, working-age blind veterans in accommodation that replicates the adapted home environment. Beneficiaries can stay for periods of between six weeks and six months and receive an individually tailored programme that addresses their particular situation and challenges.

At the time, Chief Executive of Blind Veterans UK, Major General (Rtd) Nick Caplin CB, said: “Blind Veterans UK is proud to be working in partnership with Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund to create a brand new training centre, specifically for our most vulnerable younger veterans. Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund’s generous donation will ensure that these men and women are able to access vital skills training in a specialised environment, putting them firmly back on the path to independent living.”

Founded in 1803 to assist the many casualties of the Napoleonic Wars, Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund is one of the oldest military charities of its kind and has been providing support to the armed forces community on behalf of the Lloyd’s market for over two hundred years.

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