Gordon has given his support to Armed Forces charity Blind Veterans UK, saying the work they do with local councils will be “good for the service community in Blackpool”.
He pledged to ensure that Armed Forces veterans will not have to battle blindness alone after he attended a special parliamentary reception earlier this week, held at the House of Commons.
Gordon, who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group for Veterans, attended the event organised by Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision impaired ex-Service men and women. The charity encourage all local authorities to work with Blind Veterans UK and reach out to more veterans with severe sight loss so that they are able to access the charity’s free services and support.
He said: “They are doing a great job in publicising support in local areas, which will be good for the service community in Blackpool.”
Gordon, who last November held a Blackpool Armed Forces Round Table event said: “As the MP for Blackpool South, I am pleased to pledge my support to Blind Veterans UK by helping to ensure that no veterans in my constituency will have to battle blindness alone.
“As we discussed at my local Armed Forces Round Table event, it is vital we all work to honour the Armed Forces Covenant and make sure everyone who comes into contact with blind ex-Service men and women signpost them to Blind Veterans UK for free, lifelong support.”
Gordon along with a number of other MPs, joined with representatives from the military, local authorities, the NHS and other sight loss and military charities. They met with beneficiaries and staff of Blind Veterans UK to pledge their support to the charity’s beneficiary recruitment campaign.
Following the event, Gordon tweeted that it was a “privilege” to attend.
The call for support from local authorities comes after it was found that of the 4000+ veterans Blind Veterans UK currently supports, almost a quarter struggled with severe sight loss for six years or more before they found out about the support available from the charity. In addition, new research from Blind Veterans UK estimates that currently there are 59,000 Armed Forces and National Service veterans battling severe sight loss, most of whom are missing out on the free, lifelong support of Blind Veterans UK.
Major General (Rtd) Nick Caplin CB, Blind Veterans UK’s Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted that so many MPs and key representatives from local authorities, together with military and health professionals attended the event and have pledged their support to ensure that blind ex-Service men and women can enjoy a life beyond sight loss.”