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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

ST. DUNSTAN'S - Wonderful Organisation

Date: 28th September 2009

ST. DUNSTAN'S - Wonderful Organisation

In 2002, I helped out at the Albert Hall with the Remembrance Day Service.  In the Green Room, I was delighted to meet the actor Richard Todd (who my father resembled when young) and with him was an official of St. Dunstan's - the Charity which helps blind and partially sighted members of the armed services.  I mentioned that my father had just been registered blind as a result of Macular Degeneration (AMD) and also that he had been in the Royal Artillery.  I can't remember the name of the St. Dunstan's man but he gave me his card and offered any assistance they could give my father.

Daddy is a fiercely independent individual who has never taken a 'hand-out' in his life so when I gave him the card, he wasn't particularly interested.  Then when he realised all the areas in which St. Dunstan's could help him to continue to enjoy an active life, he did contact them.

My father and stepmother have had some very enjoyable holidays at Ovingdean in Surrey - one of the St. Dunstan's Centres.  Over and above that, Daddy has been on a Gardening Course and a Cookery Course. 

BUT the piece de resistance is that he is now using a computer!!  My father was brought up in India and had excellent schooling (his command of English and use of words is second to none and he is appalled at the bad grammar and sloppy speech he hears all around him and, worst of all, on the television)    - he is a great conversationalist and letter writer.  A few months ago he told me how cut off he felt in that he could no longer write letters etc.  St. Dunstan's have come to the rescue.  He's now got a computer which speaks to him and he is learning how to type letters.  So watch out  - he will become very vociferous in print about what he sees as the 'malaise of modern day society'.

So a Huge Thank You to St. Dunstan's from me and my Family.  You've given my father a new lease of life even at the age of 94.

This was father on his 90th Birthday - with my sister Gillian,  and our stepmother Avis.

ST. DUNSTAN'S - Wonderful Organisation

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