Remembering two remarkable men

Head shot of Sub-Lieutenant John SuttonTwo brothers who received an inheritance from their uncle have generously given part of their gift to help people with macular disease. Their uncle, John Digby Sutton, did not have the condition, but their father David did. Because the Society had been “of significant assistance” to David, his sons Richard and Jon were keen to offer their support. 

Sub-Lieutenant John Sutton had a distinguished Naval career, being twice awarded marks of gallantry. In 1941, the 22-year old was given command of a tank landing craft and ordered to Athens to help evacuate British soldiers. For three nights he braved the Luftwaffe to ferry troops to a waiting ship, until he found himself alone one morning in the anchorage with 450 on board; all other ships had sailed. He headed for Kea, hiding there until his passengers were taken to safety. His Distinguished Service Order said “had he not concealed his craft so successfully and shown initiative, courage and good judgment, many troops would have been left behind”. 

His brother in law David was “an independent minded spirit” according to Jon. A valued Skills for Seeing trainer based at his home town of Sidcup, he helped many make better use of their peripheral vision. He dealt positively with sight loss, using new devices to continue to read and enjoy music. 

By donating part of their inheritance to the Society, Jon and Richard are helping more people like David cope with macular degeneration. Their gift will enable us to train more volunteers like David to provide Skills for Seeing training across the UK, as well as offering support via our Helpline and counselling services. 

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