Anne Frith RIP

Anne receiving her Long Service Award from Chair Vaughan Shea
Anne receiving her Long Service Award (25 years) from Chair Vaughan Shea
Anne Frith, one of our listeners and a long serving member of our Committee here at Three Rivers TN, passed away recently.
Although she was probably best known in Beccles as a historian and author, Anne was involved in several local and  national organisations, including Guide Dogs for the Blind and, of course, our very own Three Rivers Talking Newspaper.   She served as Listener Representative from the foundation of Three Rivers TN back in 1991, and continued in this role for a staggering 25 years.
Those of us who were lucky enough to work alongside her on the Committee appreciated her sharp wit and practical advice. Anne never shied away from calling a spade a spade and was instrumental in bringing about many improvements to the way we do things at Three Rivers.  As for our annual quiz, Anne was not just a regular participant; she was an avid competitor and frequently ended up on the winning team.
Above all, Anne will be remembered as a fiercely independent, intelligent and capable woman who achieved far more than many of us could ever dream of.
Our thoughts and prayers go to her family and especially to Anne’s devoted husband John who has also been a huge supporter of Three Rivers.
May she rest in peace.

Free, lifelong support for vision-impaired ex-Service personnel

Learning to adjust to life with sight loss can be extremely difficult. Blind Veterans UK provides vital and free training, rehabilitation, equipment and emotional support for blind and vision-impaired veterans, no matter when they served, or whether they lost their sight due to accident, age-related illness or in service.

Each veteran is supported with their particular needs to enable them to discover life beyond sight loss and live independently. This could be anything from rehabilitation, specialist equipment to help them make a cup of tea, bringing veterans together at its social events or on holidays to respite weeks at one of Blind Veterans UK’s centres in Brighton and Llandudno.

Blind Veterans UK currently supports 114 veterans in Suffolk but know there are many more. The No One Alone campaign is reaching out to the estimated more than 700 vision-impaired ex-Service men and women in the county who could be eligible for support but don’t currently realise it.  A similar situation exists in Norfolk. Most of these veterans completed their service many years ago, and have since lost their sight due to conditions such as macular degeneration or glaucoma.

Lara King, No One Alone Campaign Manager, said: “We want to promote the lifelong support offered for those who have served our country and for those who care for them. We strongly encourage families to ask the vision-impaired person if he or she ever served in the Armed Forces, including National Service.  If so they can apply for our support.”

If you, or someone you know, served in the Armed Forces, including National Service, and is now battling severe sight loss, find out how Blind  Veterans UK could help by calling 0800 389 7979 or visiting www.blindveterans.org.uk