Specsavers in Billericay will raised £200 to support a march of 100 blind war veterans at the Cenotaph in London on Remembrance Sunday with the charity Blind Veterans UK - the biggest contingent of any single organisation marching.
Specsavers has supported Blind Veterans UK since 2012 and, as well as raising money for the charity, has referred a number of customers so they can access its support.
Supporting brave men and women
David Farman, dispensing director of Specsavers in Billericay, said: ‘Remembrance Sunday is a time of year where we all think about those who were both lost in past wars and those who have been injured.
'The brave men and women who have served their country should certainly have the support they need if they begin to lose their sight.’
Chief executive of Blind Veterans UK, Major General (Rtd) Nick Caplin CB said: ‘Remembrance Sunday is always a very poignant time for our blind veterans and it is fantastic that Specsavers is able to support them to get to march at the Cenotaph.
‘Today, Blind Veterans UK supports more blind and vision-impaired veterans than ever before in the charity’s history and we have set an ambitious target to double the number of veterans we support in the next five years.’
Discovering life beyond sight loss
Blind Veterans UK is the national charity for blind and vision-impaired ex-servicemen and women, providing vital practical and emotional support to help veterans discover life beyond sight loss.
The charity estimates that there are currently 59,000 blind veterans that would be eligible to access its specialist support, most of whom are not currently aware of it.