Charity aims to bake a difference

Margaret Lambert of Winslow.'130612M-B590
Margaret Lambert of Winslow.'130612M-B590

A blind veteran from Winslow is urging people to get baking in aid of Blind Veterans UK as the charity launches its annual Tarts For Troops fundraising campaign.

Mrs Lambert, aged 93, joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) in May 1945, initially as a coder and later as a telephonist, working mainly at HMS Daedalus, Lee-on-Solent.

She then became a family welfare officer, looking after naval families, before being discharged in April 1947.

She went on to work as a secretary at a food company and later as a hospital medical secretary.

Mrs Lambert, who lost her sight as a result of age-related macular degeneration became a member of Blind Veterans UK, formerly St Dunstan’s, in 2006.

The charity provides life changing support to blind veterans, regardless of when they served or how they lost their sight.

Mrs Lambert said: “Blind Veterans UK has given me courage and enabled me to carry on as normal a life as I can.

“Through the charity, I have learnt how to use a talking computer, taken holidays and met people who are in a similar situation as myself, all of which has been marvellous.”

Tarts For Troops runs from Armed Forces Day Saturday, June 29, to Friday, July 5.

People are asked to bake tarts and hold tea parties to help raise funds for the charity’s work.

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