An old man in a garden

Helping David through the Pandemic

David suffers from tinnitus and his sight is deteriorating. This, coupled with other health issues, including celiac disease, means that David often finds things more difficult than he used to. David has enjoyed a varied career, including spending 10 years as an electrician in the Army. He has always been an independent and confident person. … Read more

Elderly lady with white hair and glasses looking at the camera

Thank you for sticking with us

I know that I speak for people who are deafblind across the country, when I tell you just how grateful I am that you haven’t given up on us. This past year has been difficult for everyone, to say the least. Time, money and patience have been stretched beyond belief for many people, but you … Read more

Jennifer and Shan, linked arms, on a footpath with trees in the background

Jennifer and Shaun

Jennifer is a retired teacher who lost her sight in 2007. She is now totally blind and has age related hearing loss. She, and her husband, have found it difficult to adjust to her sight loss. She said: “I can’t make friends myself. I have to be passive and wait for people to talk to … Read more

Kelly and Doreen outside wearing coats

Kelly and Doreen – friends for life!

Doreen has lived in Blackwood for 33 years. The past year has been a tough one for her, as her husband sadly passed away after suffering with vascular dementia. Doreen suffers from macular degeneration and has considerably reduced hearing having worked in the textile industry. She admits that she felt very lonely and isolated following … Read more

Jo in her bike helmet and sunglasses

Zero to hero – Jo’s fundraising story

My journey with Deafblind UK started in 2017 when my daughter needed to learn a new skill for her Duke of Edinburgh Award and a friend suggested Deafblind Manual. We came along and met the team at Deafblind UK, including Doreen, who has been deafblind from birth and is the longest serving employee at Deafblind … Read more

Jim and Sol from Deafblind UK, looking at a computer

Digital support helps Jim to re-connect

Jim, a retired children’s books author,  still enjoys creative writing to keep his grandchildren entertained. However, the onset of macular degeneration, combined with a detached retina, has made this pastime increasingly difficult for Jim to enjoy in his retirement. He initially joined our Camden social group to meet new friends and enjoy the group craft … Read more

Mick and his guide dog, Usher

Winging it for Deafblind UK!

Deafblind UK member, Mick is no stranger to high-adrenaline fundraising challenges. Last year he completed a sky dive, raising funds for Guide Dogs UK in honour of his dutiful guide dog, Usher, and just a few months ago he raced down the world’s fastest zipwire at 100mph raising £1,100 for Deafblind UK. On a sunny … Read more

Dilwyn and Gaby’s story

Dilwyn, 88, lives alone in a semi-detached house in one of the outlying villages of Wrexham. He began losing his eyesight 19 years ago and is now completely blind. Realising he was becoming cut off from his community, Dilwyn contacted Social Services for help for his loneliness. He says, “The biggest challenge is being on … Read more

Dorothy making cards

Deafblind Cymru supports Dorothy to continue her love of crafts

Dorothy from North Wales has been living with age-related deafblindness for a number of years. She explained: “My eyesight deteriorated through glaucoma and my hearing has become awful just by getting older. I can’t hear the clock in the hall even though my son says it’s loud enough!” Dorothy, who is now aged 96, lives … Read more

Roger pruning the bushes

Deafblind UK empowers Roger to join in his local community

Roger from Wolverhampton has been a keen gardener for many years and recently decided he would like to have more involvement in his local community. He has a small garden where he loves to grow potatoes, but this wasn’t enough for Roger. He believed he could make a difference to other people; either by growing … Read more