A Blackpool pensioner is to celebrate a military charity’s centenary after being invited to Buckingham Palace by the Queen.
Doris Wilkinson, 93, will visit the palace with more than 1,000 other veterans helped by Blind Veterans UK to mark the charity’s 100 years of service and support to blind and vision-impaired ex-servicemen and women.
Doris will be joining the members at a special garden party in London on June 4
Doris said: “I’m very much looking forward to it.
“It’s amazing that 100 years ago a man started a charity to support blind ex-service men and women and it’s still going strong today.”
Blind Veterans UK – formerly St Dunstan’s – was founded in 1915 to help soldiers blinded in the First World War.
The charity has supported more than 35,000 blind veterans and their families, from the Second World War to recent conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan.
Doris served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) from 1941 until 1945. She served in Norfolk and Lancashire where she worked as a driver.
Doris first noticed she was starting to lose her sight in 1995 and was later diagnosed with age related macular degeneration (ARMD). She started receiving support from Blind Veterans UK in 2012.
Doris has received specialist equipment and training from Blind Veterans UK, including a talking watch, talking clock and a computer.
She added: “Blind Veterans UK taught me how to touch-type and I absolutely love my computer. I’m going back to the charity’s Sheffield centre later this year for a refresher IT course.”