Support for Armed Forces Week
20 June, 2014
A host of fundraising activities took place at Specsavers in Swindon to raise money for Blind Veterans UK as part of Armed Forces Week (23-29 June).
The team at the store supported the charity with its No One Alone campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the charity and the type of support it provides for vision-impaired veterans.
Customers who visited the store throughout the week were welcomed by staff standing to attention in forces-themed attire. Poppy seeds were available to buy and £1 from every sight test carried out went to Blind Veterans UK. To boost the fundraising total further, home-made cakes will be sold on one of the days.
Store director, David Grieves, said: ‘Wiltshire has a strong link to the forces and we thought it was important for us to show our support. I'd like to thank everyone that came down and got involved.'
Blind Veterans UK is the national charity for vision-impaired ex-service men and women. The charity provides support 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.