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Alnwick supports blind veterans in pilgrimage

12 January, 2018
Specsavers team members Leigh McManus, Jodie, Bafton, Laura Park and Heather Bruce
Leigh McManus, Jodie, Bafton, Laura Park and Heather Bruce of Specsavers in Alnwick

Military charity Blind Veterans UK and Specsavers in Alnwick helped blind veterans march at the Cenotaph in London on Remembrance Sunday in November.

The Bondgate store helped raised money for the charity which hosted an all expenses paid trip for 100 blind veterans to attend the commemoration.

The store raised more than £100 by donating £1 for every eye test carried out and through a cake sale where staff members sold home baking.

A word from the store director

Specsavers Alnwick store director Grant Welsh said: ‘We are all immensely thankful to our military service personnel. We were proud to lend our support to ensure that blind veterans to reach London and pay their respects to their fallen comrades by marching to the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.'

Specsavers has supported Blind Veterans UK since 2012 and, as well as raising money for the charity, staff have referred a number of customers to the charity so they can access support services.

About Blind Veterans UK

Blind Veterans UK is the national charity for blind and vision-impaired ex-service men and women, providing vital practical and emotional support to help veterans discover life beyond sight loss.

The charity estimates that there are currently 59,000 blind veterans that would be eligible to access its specialist support, most of whom are not currently aware of it.

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