Avebury veteran’s book aids blind

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: David Williams wanted to give something in return for all the help he has received from Blind Veterans UK						                 (PM976) By PAUL MORRIS David Williams wanted to give something in return for all the help he has received from Blind Veterans UK (PM976) By PAUL MORRIS

BLIND RAF veteran David Williams has pledged to donate the royalties from his book to help fellow visually impaired ex-servicemen.

The 66-year-old from Avebury suffers from age-related macular degeneration, a condition that set in after he completed his service, and he has been losing his sight for a number of years.

He was registered as severely sight impaired in 2011 and joined Blind Veterans UK – a charity that is open to all visually impaired former servicemen, regardless of how long they served for or how they lost their sight.

Mr Williams now receives free and comprehensive support from the charity to help deal with his sight loss.

And to thank the charity for all the help it has given him, Mr Williams is donating at least £6 of every copy of A Diary Too Late.

He said: “Blind Veterans UK have been so generous to me and I wanted to be generous to them in return. I’m lucky enough not to need the royalties from my book and I wanted to give them something in return for all the support they have given me.

“They have taught me how to use a computer while blind, which is really helping me to write my next book.

“They’ve also helped me turn my shed into a workshop and introduced me to hobbies like candle-making.

“I didn’t realise how artistic I could be until after I started to lose my sight.”

Mr Williams first started writing his book in the 1980s as a series of recollections on his life and work abroad.

He hails from a military family and grew up on an RAF base in Sri Lanka. He followed his father into the RAF.

His book is available as an e-book on Amazon for £8.04.

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