Bryan Adams Donates Thousands to Blind Veterans UK
Blind Veterans UK, the national charity for vision impaired ex-Service men and women, has thanked iconic musician Bryan Adams for a “hugely generous” donation of £45,552, which will go towards helping veterans regain their independence after sight loss.
The funds were raised from The Bryan Adams Foundation’s “Opera and Picnic” concert at the Royal Hospital Chelsea which took place earlier this year, along with a percentage of sales from Bryan’s inspiring book of photography titled “Wounded: The Legacy of War”, which features wounded ex-Service personnel.
“Wounded: The Legacy of War” – which is still available to buy – features pictures and stories of 40 veterans who sustained horrendous injuries in the line of duty, including being blinded, scarred or losing limbs. Bryan worked with acclaimed ITN journalist Caroline Froggatt to tell the stories of those who had been severely wounded in service.
One of the veterans featured in the book is Simon Brown, a former corporal with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, who was blinded by a sniper bullet in Basra, Iraq, in 2003. Since 2008, Simon has received free and comprehensive support from Blind Veterans UK to help him live independently with sight loss.
Simon, 35 and from Morley, West Yorkshire, said: “It was a privilege to be part of Bryan and Caroline’s project creating such a powerful collection of photographs and stories – I’m proud to have been involved.
“The book continues to have a great impact, as it really helps to highlight the day-to-day legacy of living with injury sustained through serving our country.”
Andrew Jones, Blind Veterans UK’s Director of Fundraising and Communications, said: “Blind Veterans UK is immensely grateful for Bryan Adams’ continued support. The funds raised by his Foundation’s work will provide blind and vision-impaired ex-Service men and women with the help and support they need to discover life …read more