Skegness opticians make a spectacle of themselves to support Blind Veterans UK
Staff at a local opticians in Skegness donned their daftest fancy dress and striking their best poses as part of Armed Forces week.
To show support for this year’s Armed Forces Week (20-26 June), Specsavers in Skegness hosted a day of fancy dress fun and fundraising on Saturday 25th June to raise money for Blind Veterans UK (BVUK).
Making a spectacle of themselves
The activity followed 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 British Legion will also be selling poppies in store, with collection boxes so customers are able to make a donation at the till point.
Kate Johnson, store director at Specsavers in Skegness 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 is a brilliant chance to have a bit of fun, show our silly sides whilst also digging deep for this fantastic organisation. We encourage 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 makes a difference to some very deserving people.’
About 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.
To make a donation to Blink Veterans UK visit https://www.blindveterans.org.uk/how-you-can-help/donate-online-now/ or https://www.justgiving.com/blindveterans