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    A keen baker, Mr MacLaren is once again able to read recipes and can keep up his yearly tradition of cooking Christmas dinner for his elderly neighbours.

    Scottish War Blinded also gave Mr MacLaren some talking scales to help with his kitchen creations.

    Mr MacLaren added: “When I was first told about the OrCam [MyEye], I thought it wouldn’t be for me – I thought it would be a great big thing. But I was sold on it as soon as I had the demonstration. It’s incredibly clever and very easy to use.”

    “I think people can be wary of technology like this and think it won’t suit them. But I think you just have to give these things a go. It’s difficult when you start to lose your sight so it’s important to reach out to support groups and charities like Scottish War Blinded. The support makes life so much easier.”

    Mr MacLaren joined Scottish War Blinded eight years ago after discovering he was eligible for membership having completed two years’ National Service. As a Private with the Seaforth Highlanders, MacLaren served in Egypt, Aden and Gibraltar.

    Scottish War Blinded gives free support to ex-servicemen and women of all ages, whether they lost their sight during or after service. The charity’s services include rehabilitation and training to adapt to sight loss, grants for equipment to assist with independent living, funded respite care and home modifications.

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