A FORMER army sergeant has thanked the charity which has supported him for more than a decade. Mark Threadgold, 46, from Saltdean, is being helped by Blind Veterans UK and its specialist centre at Ovingdean.
Mr Threadgold served in the Army from 1984 until 1999, when he lost his sight in an accident. He was a sergeant in the Royal Corps of Signals, an electronics engineer, serving in England, Cyprus and Northern Ireland.
The technology and training he has been given by the charity has helped him live independently. Mr Threadgold uses different gadgets to aid him in his day-to-day life, including talking scales, a talking tape measure, a Dictaphone, a laptop with screen reading software and an iPhone.
He said: “I love using the different gadgets and they make a real difference in helping me live independently. “Ultimately, the technology and training the charity has provided has given me the confidence to live my life, which is priceless.”
Blind Veterans UK supports blind and vision-impaired veterans regardless of when they served or how they lost their sight. For more information, visit www.blindveterans.org.uk.