Members of staff at Specsavers in Chatham marked Armed Forces Day by raising money for a national charity. 

1940s vibe

The team collected a total of almost £325 for Blind Veterans UK as visiting customers were transported back in time to the 1940s. 

Staff swapped their usual uniforms for wartime outfits while wartime music played and memorabilia decorated the store, including impressing war posters and spitfires made by optical assistant Colin.

Store director Olu Fayefunmi said: ‘I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who donated to the cause. Blind Veterans UK works tirelessly to improve the lives of serving men and women, veterans and their families, as well as preserve the memories of those who made huge sacrifices to serve our country.’

Cakes & prizes

Customers and passers-by were treated to a variety of sweets and cupcakes made by local bakery Hoo, as well as the chance to take part in the store raffle in exchange for a donation, with a range of prizes on offer from local businesses including Wetherspoons, KFC, Nucleus Café, MV Nailbar and Specsavers. 

Punit Patel, store director at Specsavers in Chatham, added: ‘Armed Forces Day is all about showing support for the men and women who make up the armed forces community, and we had a great response from people here in Chatham.

'Every penny of the money we raised will go to our chosen charity and I’d like to encourage all of our customers to find out more about what they do and the valuable services they provide. As a store, we’d also like to encourage customers to read about the great work that Blind Veterans UK does.

'We had a fantastic day in store and hope that everyone had an equally enjoyable time.’

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