Staff at Specsavers in Whitby donned their best fancy dress and took part in a sponsored walk to raise more than £500 for Blind Veterans UK.
To show support for this year’s Armed Forces Week, Specsavers in Whitby hosted a week of fundraising where they dressed up in army fancy dress, decorated the store with an army theme, hosted a tombola and donated £1 for every sight test they completed in the week. To add extra pennies to their fundraising mission they finished the week by walking 12 miles to Robin Hood’s Bay and back.
The activity follows 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.
Dikki Finn, store director at Specsavers in Whitby, said: ‘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 proved to be a brilliant chance to have a bit of fun while digging deep for this fantastic organisation. I’d like to thank my team and all who got involved to raise vital funds for this very worthy cause.’
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.