Specsavers in Burton On Trent are spending the week collecting funds to support a local blind veteran.

Gary Stevenson, 50, a blind veteran from Spondon hopes to march at the Cenotaph in London this Remembrance Sunday (12 November) with the help of military charity, Blind Veterans UK and Specsavers in Burton On Trent. 

Donations can be made in store

The team have collection buckets in store and will be running specs MOTs (cleaning and adjustments) for customers and passers-by.

Store director Linda Joyce, said: ‘We are all immensely thankful to our military service personnel and we are delighted to fundraise for this prestigious cause.

‘It is always encouraging to see support from our local community when it comes to fundraising and we really hope to raise a great amount for Blind Veterans UK.

‘We are proud to lend our support to ensure that Gary Stevenson and the other blind veterans are able to reach London and pay their respects to fallen comrades by marching to the Cenotaph this Remembrance Sunday.’

Supporting Blind Veterans UK

Specsavers has supported Blind Veterans UK since 2012 and, as well as raising money for the charity, have referred a number of customers to them so they can access its support.

Blind Veterans UK is the national charity for blind and vision-impaired ex-service men 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 aware of it. 

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