Specsavers in Warminster raised more than £600 to support the Blind Veterans UK march at the Cenotaph in London on Remembrance Sunday (12 November).
Christmas hamper raffle
The store held a charity raffle with 11 prizes to mark 11 November, kindly donated by the local community and businesses. Tickets were available throughout the week for £2 from the Market Place store with all proceeds going to Blind Veterans UK.
There were four hampers up for grabs, the first hamper consisted of Christmas rations and included goodies for the festive period. The second was a pamper hamper including beauty products. The third was a treat hamper, full of sweet treats to enjoy. The fourth and final hamper was a full of gardening goodies.
Prizes included vouchers for local shops, Gucci aftershave, a Dents handbag, bottles of bubbly, chocolates, beauty and hairdresser vouchers and a lady’s watch. The winners of the raffle were announced on Remembrance Sunday.
A word from the store director
Store director, Richard Goring said: ‘We are all immensely thankful to our military service personnel. As a town that is home to the British Infantry Headquarters, we are delighted to have raised £635 for this prestigious cause.
‘It is always encouraging to see support from our local community and we are proud to have supported the Blind Veterans and paid our respects to fallen comrades remembered at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.’
Blind Veterans UK
Specsavers has supported Blind Veterans UK [www.blindveterans.org.uk] since 2012 and, as well as raising money for the charity, have referred a number of customers to them so they can access its support.
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 aware of it.