Blind veteran’s wish is granted

A blind veteran who’s received vital support from Blind Veterans UK was invited to join its centenary celebrations at a special Buckingham Palace garden party.

George Haigh, 99, accompanied by his son Anthony, was among more than 1,000 veterans who marked the military charity’s 100 years of service to blind and vision-impaired ex service men and women.

His brother was a Guardsman at Buckingham Palace before the war and George – who served with the RAF as a PT instructor – said: “He once told me a story that the princesses would run round his feet playing hide and seek.

“It made me wish I could have visited the palace. It took me a long time but I finally got there and it was everything I thought it was going to be.”

The one-time Stockport County professional footballer has received help from Blind Veterans UK since last year, after losing his sight because of age-related macular degeneration.