Specsavers in Altrincham sold poppy seeds for Blind Veterans UK in support of ex-service men and women suffering from visual impairment or loss of vision as part of Armed Forces Week.

The work that Blind Veterans UK do

The charity provides guidance and support to veterans, which includes helping them relearn vital life skills and providing them with the tools they need to be independent in their own homes, offering new learning, training and recreation opportunities as well as providing long-term nursing, residential and respite care. Blind Veterans UK provides vital support for the men and women who have served our country, and it doesn't matter when they served, or for how long. Nor does it matter how they lost their sight. If they served their country then Blind Veterans UK is there to support them so they do not have to battle blindness alone. Staffs at the Altrincham store sold poppy seeds to raise funds and create awareness. Customers that bought the seeds and planted them to recognise soldiers that have lost their lives during battle or those who are living with a visual impairment.

Why it’s important to help

Steve Kirkham, Altrincham store director at says: ‘Blindness or visual impairment affects a number of our ex-service men and women, meaning many need additional day-to-day support and care. Blind Veterans UK plays a vital role in providing this support service. He continues: ‘In most cases these veterans have been brave enough to risk their lives and stand up to protect our country, so now it’s time for us to all give back where we can. At Specsavers in Altrincham we have be encouraging our customers to give what they can in support of this important cause.’

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