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Hereford stands to attention for forces charity

20 June, 2014
Specsavers Hereford hosts fundraising day in support of Blind Veterans UK and SSAFA on Friday 27 June
Specsavers Hereford hosts fundraising day in support of Blind Veterans UK and SSAFA on Friday 27 June


Cakes and coffee will be available in return for donations on Friday 27 June to raise vital funds for national charity, Blind Veterans UK and SSAFA.

The team is supporting Blind Veterans UK with its No One Alone campaign as part of Armed Forces Week (23-29 June), which aims to raise awareness of the charity and the type of support it provides for vision-impaired veterans.

Customers who visit our store will be welcomed by a fully dressed store, with netting and camouflage themed decorations. Staff will also be standing to attention in army uniforms and selling home-made cakes and coffee in return for donations. 

Nialle Smith, store director at Specsavers in Hereford says: ‘As a town with a strong forces presence, we thought it was important for us to show our support, not only for Blind Veterans UK, but for our local branch of SSAFA. 

‘As well as selling coffee and cakes in return for donations, we will be donating £1 from each sight test carried out that week.’

Blind Veterans UK is the national charity for vision-impaired ex-Service men and women. The charity provides support and regardless of the cause of their sight loss.

Blind Veterans UK launched its No One Alone campaign in October 2012. It aims to reach out to the 68,000 plus blind ex-Service personnel who would benefit from the charity’s services but either do not know about the charity or do not know that they are eligible for its lifelong support. Research suggests that the majority of these did National Service, are currently in their 70s and 80s and suffering from age related sight loss.

SSAFA provides practical support and assistance to servicemen and women, veterans, and the families of both, every single day of the year. SSAFA’s services provide vital support wherever and whenever it is most needed.

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