Specsavers opticians in Caerphilly have helped celebrate Armed Forces Week by raising more than £200 for Blind Veterans UK.

Charity helps thousands

To mark the 100 years of the charity’s work supporting blind ex-Servicemen and women, the Caerphilly team encouraged customer donations and also donated £1 per sight test carried out during the week.

Founded in 1915, Blind Veterans UK helps more than 4,000 visually impaired ex-service men and women by offering quality services that suit their individual needs, such as providing mobility training, teaching computing and cooking skills.

Nick Caplin, chief executive of Blind Veterans UK, said: ‘We are grateful for all the hard work that Specsavers in Caerphilly has done in fundraising for our charity and hope that customers and staff had an enjoyable time whilst doing so. We feel that the partnership has helped us continue to raise awareness and support for the life changing work of the charity as we mark our centenary year.’

Worthy cause

Geraint Jones, store director at Specsavers in Caerphilly, said: ‘We were delighted to be involved in supporting Blind Veterans UK this year. The staff worked hard to raise money and our customers were generous with donations.

As a charity, the work that Blind Veterans UK undertakes is vital to ex-service personnel; the services they offer make a world of difference in ensuring that those affected discover life beyond sight loss. With our help, we hope they reach their target of recruiting 700 new beneficiaries in the coming year.’

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