#24Unplugged – Could You Give Up Your Phone And Devices For A Day?
A sight loss charity is challenging supporters to try a “digital detox” and go unplugged for 24 hours next month.
The challenge, which for many will be considered impossible in 2019, is intended to encourage people to use the day to spend more time with friends and family, as well as supporting blind veterans across the country.
Blind Veterans UK also want to use the opportunity to highlight the isolation often experienced by the veterans they support as any issues of isolation felt as we age only increase if you have lost your sight.
Paul Lawless, Head of Community Engagement at Blind Veterans UK says: “Phones help us feel connected to the world – but can you imagine having no one to turn to, online or otherwise? We know that tens of thousands of ex-service men and women around the nation experience not only the effects of sight loss, but isolation too. Everyone who spends a day away from your phone will help us to reconnect those veterans with their communities, and support them to rebuild their lives after losing their sight.”
#24Unplugged will be taking place on Saturday 26th January with those taking part having the challenge of going without all phones and other devices for the whole day. This date is significant as it is the Saturday that immediately follows Blue Monday (21 January), long claimed to be the most depressing day of the year.
You can sign up for the challenge, or nominate someone else, at blindveterans.org.uk/24unplugged
Blind Veterans UK helps vision-impaired ex-Service men and women of every generation rebuild their lives after sight loss. Since 1915 the charity has provided rehabilitation, training, practical advice and emotional support to tens of thousands of blind veterans.
Blind Veterans UK currently supports more blind veterans than ever before in the charity’s history, but it knows there are many more who still need its support to rebuild their lives following their sight loss.