Specsavers Belper has donated £500 in support of a 19-year-old ex-infantryman who is raising money for The Royal British Legion.
The team has become heavily involved with a ‘Memorial to Memorial’ walk in support of Jordon Fletcher, the son of the store’s optical advisor, Annie Fletcher. Their donation has brought Jordon’s fundraising total to £610, just £140 short of his overall target of £750.
On 1 November 2020, Jordon Fletcher will be walking 18 miles to raise awareness of men’s mental health within the Armed Forces. Starting at Belper Memorial Gardens, Jordon will make his way to the Mercian memorial, Crich Stand, after stopping at each monument on the journey to pay his respects to those who have fallen.
Members of the Specsavers team will also be joining Jordon for partial parts of the route to help cheer him on, while he completes the route in full combats, including army boots, fatigues and a partial pack.
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.
To make a donation, visit Jordon's JustGiving page.
A word from the store director
‘We’re all tremendously proud of Jordon,’ said Specsavers Belper store director, Andy McBride. ‘Despite everything Jordon has gone through, he’s determined to give back to those who have supported him through a difficult time, and we’ll continue to help him and Annie in any way possible.
‘We’d like to thank our customers and the local community who’ve already donated. Jordon will be able to donate a fantastic sum of money to an amazing charity with the help of their generosity,’ continued Andy.
About The Royal British Legion
The British-based charity is dedicated to providing financial, social and emotional support to the Armed Forces Community. Starting after seven days of service, both serving and ex-serving personnel can access lifelong support individually and for families. The Royal British Legion focusses on providing a range of services from advice and guidance to recovery and rehabilitation.