Charity invites blind army veteran from Sheffield to Buckingham Palace

Arthur Morley with his daughter Vikki Williams
Arthur Morley with his daughter Vikki Williams
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A blind Army veteran from Sheffield spent time mixing with royalty at a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

Arthur Morley, aged 88, from Owlthorpe, was invited to celebrate Blind Veterans UK’s 100th anniversary.

He was among 1,000 other veterans helped by the charity, which supports blind and vision-impaired ex-service men and women.

Mr Morley served in the army between 1945 and 1948, including as a guard in a German Prisoner of War camp in Egypt.

He lost his sight through age related macular degeneration and glaucoma and he started receiving support from Blind Veterans UK in 2005.

The OAP said: “It’s very worrying when you lose your sight.

“I enjoy writing poems and short stories and my biggest concern was that I wouldn’t be able to do this anymore.”

Blind Veterans UK has offered him training and specialist equipment to help him continue to live as independently as possible with sight loss.

He added: “I have been for IT training at the charity’s centre in Sheffield. The computer software I use has allowed me to carry on writing my poems, stories and songs.

“The best thing I’ve been given is a speaking reader. This allows me to still keep on top of all my letters and things.”

Mr Morley was joined at the garden party by his daughter Vikki Williams.

He added: “It was such a special day at the palace and the weather was perfect. All the veterans I spoke to said how much they were enjoying themselves.”

Blind Veterans UK was founded in 1915 and the charity’s initial purpose was to help and support soldiers blinded in World War I.

But the organisation has gone on to support more than 35,000 blind veterans and their families affected by conflicts including World War II, Iraq and Afghanistan.