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Article from BTNews 16 FEBRUARY 2015

Monarch helps Blind Veterans

The Monarch Foundation and charity partner Blind Veterans UK have teamed up to deliver ‘sighted guiding’ training into Monarch Airlines’ cabin crew training programme to mark this year’s centenary of the charity.  

The training will raise awareness of the difficulties faced by vision impaired passengers when travelling and advise the crew how they can make travelling a better experience for blind customers.

Blind Veterans UK, founded in 1915 and formerly known as St Dunstan’s, celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.  It is the national charity for blind ex-Service men and women that provides emotional and practical support to blind veterans no matter when they served or how they lost their sight.

Monarch cabin crew are learning from blind veteran Simon Brown, who tragically lost most of his sight whilst serving in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in Iraq. 

In order for the crew to fully appreciate how difficult it can be travelling with a disability, Simon is talking to crew at the airline’s Birmingham, Gatwick, Luton and Manchester bases about a typical travelling day enabling them to fully appreciate the needs and expectations of blind and vision impaired people. www.blindveterans.org.uk

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