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History of Brighton blind veterans' centre to be shown in photography exhibition
4:00pm Sunday 28th April 2013 in News
The history of a charity that helps blind veterans will go on show in an exhibition to mark the 75th anniversary of its Brighton rehabilitation centre.
Blind Veterans UK, previously known as St Dunstan’s, provides rehabilitation, care and training at three centres across the UK, including at Ovingdean in Brighton, which is now marking its anniversary.
The exhibition will show archive photos highlighting the centre’s history, plus modern images taken by photographer Darren Baldwin.
It will be hosted in the chapel in the grounds of the centre and will give an insight into the historic building and the inspirational staff and beneficiaries that can be found within it.
Blind Veterans UK helps blind ex-servicemen and women.
The centre in Brighton was the charity’s first of three rehab bases and every year it provides thousands of vision-impaired veterans with training, holidays, respite, residential and nursing care.
It also helps with fitness and mobility.
Photographer Darren Baldwin, from Peacehaven, made his name in the street photography world with his emotive and provocative 2012 series documenting the people of London Road.
He was given unprecedented access to daily life in the Blind Veterans UK centre earlier this year.
He said: “I wanted to collect images that defy the cliched young, muscular bare-chested hero; instead allowing the viewer to recognise for them- selves the once pivotal role of these now frail individuals.
“My subjects’ lack of sight mirrors the way that society sometimes fails to see the elderly, or truly appreciate the influence their actions had on the world of relative peace we are so lucky to live in today.”
The exhibition is open for weekends in May between 10am and 4pm at St Dunstan’s Chapel in Greenways.
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