Steve Sparks, a blind veteran from Exmouth marched at the Cenotaph in London on Remembrance Sunday with the help of military charity, Blind Veterans UK and his local Specsavers.

The 56-year-old attended the commemoration, hosted by Blind Veterans UK, with the support of Specsavers in Exmouth. Steve found out about Blind Veterans UK while living in Malta, almost ten years after losing his sight.

Steve said: ‘I can honestly say that Blind Veterans UK rescued me. I was going nowhere and had lost my morale. They gave me purpose in life again and opened up a number of opportunities which helped me move forward.’

Fundraising success

From 6 – 12 November the store collected donations and on Friday 3 November staff held a bring-and-buy sale including book and cake stalls. Staff also collected donations for repairing glasses.

A word from the store

Specsavers Exmouth store director Ria Heskins said: ‘We are all immensely thankful to our military service personnel. We are proud to lend our support to ensure that Steve and the other blind veterans have been able to reach London and pay their respects to fallen comrades by marching to the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.’

You can donate to the Blind Veterans Cenotaph fund in-store now. 

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