Staff at Specsavers in Acomb donned military style uniform in order to raise money during Armed Forces Week.
Dressing up for a great cause
To show their support the team at Specsavers in Acomb hosted a day of military style fancy dress on Wednesday 22nd June to raise money for Blind Veterans UK (BVUK).
The activity follows Specsavers’ successful involvement in last year’s Make a Spectacle of Yourself campaign, where more than £20,000 was raised for ex-Service men and women across the country who have been blinded in action or have lost their sight through accident, illness or old age.
The store encouraged customers to donate with collection boxes in store and at the till point, helping to raise around £40 in total.
A word from the store director
Stephen McEnaney, store director at Specsavers in Acomb says: ‘Blind Veterans UK provides crucial support to those who have either lost or had their sight damaged while representing our country in the armed forces. The charity works tirelessly to give its members their independence back and helps them discover a life beyond sight loss.
‘Armed Forces Week was a brilliant chance to have a bit of fun, whilst also digging deep for this fantastic organisation. We encouraged all of our staff, customers and wider members of the community to get involved in whatever way they can – whether it’s sticking on their glad rags or sparing a little change. It will make a difference to some very deserving people.’
Blind Veterans UK
Blind Veterans UK was established in 1915 by founder of the Daily Express and former owner of the Evening Standard, Sir Arthur Pearson after he lost his own sight to glaucoma. Nearly a century later, Blind Veterans UK not only cares for ex-Service men and women blinded in action, but for veterans who have lost their sight through accident, illness or old age. The charity provides residential and respite care plus sports facilities, as well as qualified welfare staff who help blind veterans across the UK to live independently within their own communities.