Specsavers in Belper has backed a 19-year-old ex-infantryman’s charity walk, helping him to raise more than £1,300 for The Royal British Legion.
In September, the team from Specsavers at 46-48 King Street, became heavily involved in a charity walk organised by Jordon Fletcher, the son of the store’s optical advisor, Annie Fletcher. The store supported Jordon from the start, donating £500 towards his fundraising efforts.
On 1 November, Jordon walked an impressive 19 miles to raise awareness of men’s mental health within the Armed Forces. Starting at Belper Memorial Gardens, Jordon visited eight memorials located throughout Belper and nearby towns to pay his respects to those who have fallen, while accompanied by his friend, Matt Campbell.
Jordon finished his journey at Mercian memorial, Crich Stand after seven hours on his feet. Sporting full combats, including army boots, fatigues and a partial pack, Jordon was greeted by optical advisor, Hayley Saunderson, lab technician, Nick Fletcher and Annie.
Two years ago, Jordon was accepted into the Army Foundation College (AFC) in Harrogate. Unfortunately, Jordon became injured during a training exercise, which required him to undergo extensive surgery and be discharged from the AFC. During this time, Jordon’s mental health was impacted and has resulted in him wanting to raise money for the charity that helped him through the challenging period.
A word from the store director
‘Jordon should be extremely proud of what he’s achieved because we certainly are,’ comments Specsavers Belper store director, Andy McBride. ‘Thanks to Jordon, and the generosity of customers and the local community, the Royal British Legion are now able to help several others who are in similar positions.’