The Brecon team is recently took part in fundraising for Blind Veterans UK, by completing a five-mile walk to help cover the cost of a Welsh veteran take part in a march for Remembrance Day in London.

Paying respects to fallen comrades

Members of staff at Specsavers Brecon are put on their walking boots for former Royal Artillery serviceman, Roger Williams, to raise funds that will go towards helping the charity send Roger, and 100 other blind veterans, to march at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday and pay his respects to friends and comrades who lost their lives fighting for their country.

Mr Williams, a 71-year-old from Barry, South Wales, began his service in the Royal Artillery in 1964 and lost his sight suddenly in 1992 after a brain tumour. After being in a coma for seven weeks, he was told that he would never see again.

Five miles in blind veterans’ shoes

The team fundraising walked the five miles in pairs, wearing spectacles that simulate symptoms of sight loss associated with common eye conditions. This includes the loss of peripheral vision, associated with glaucoma, as well as blurred vision, a symptom of cataracts.

Donna Like, store director at the Brecon store, said: ‘We’re a community-focused team, so we’re looking forward to our upcoming challenge in aid of Blind Veterans UK.

‘We talk to our customers everyday about the importance of regular sight tests in a bid to protect the health of their eyes, and by simulating the effect of common eye conditions it means we will see for ourselves what it’s like to live with sight loss.'

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