President of Blind Veterans UK, Ray Hazan OBE (pictured), has announced that he is stepping down from the position after more than 13 years. His replacement has been named as Colin Williamson, who becomes the national charity’s sixth president.
Mr Williamson has been involved in the charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women for 15 years and said it was with “huge pride” that he takes up the position, describing it as “the greatest honour.”
Reflecting on his time as president, Mr Hazan, who has been supported by the charity since losing his sight in 1973, said: “I was thrilled to become president of what I consider to be the finest organisation in the world. It is very much an honorary position, but one of which I was immensely proud.
“Blind Veterans gave me my life back again when I thought that life had come to an end…I’ve had experiences that are once in a lifetime that I would never ever have experienced without Blind Veterans UK.”
Chief executive of Blind Veterans UK, Major General (Rtd) Nick Caplin CB, added: “Ray is a shining example to all at Blind Veterans UK of what is possible, and it is no exaggeration to say that his work has improved the lives of thousands of blind veterans in his more than 40 years with the charity.
“I want to thank him personally for all the support he has provided me in his capacity as our president since I joined the Blind Veterans UK family and wish him all the best for the future.”